Originally Posted by Nope oO
Originally Posted by Stealth Pyros
Would you so admirably state what it is you're saying both Microsoft and Google have copied from Apple?
Mac OS and iOS. Were you around in the 80s or 90s or have read what the lawsuits with Microsoft were about? There has never been any argument over whether Microsoft copies Apple or not. It was whether they had the legal right to do so. The license agreement Gates signed with Apple in 85 allowed them to win. The iOS copying is certainly much more recent and should be obvious as to what that's about.
If you're referring to the GUI case, it was Xerox that it was "stolen" from, by both Apple and Microsoft, but that fact was conveniently also completely disregarded in the case between Microsoft and Apple. Sounds a little familiar to how Samsung was denied their right to defend themselves by presenting evidence of prior art. Regardless, the courts decided that some (10 out of 189) of the elements Apple were accusing Microsoft of stealing weren't protected by law, as they were either unoriginal (Apple didn't invent them) or too broad/general and were practically the only possible way of doing something. Sounds a bit familiar to the smartphone situation, where a rectangular overall shape is the only realistic, practical shape for any handheld phone to be. The courts also decided that the other 179 of the elements Apple were suing over were already licensed to Microsoft with Windows 1.0 and Apple had no grounds to sue. How can Apple agree with Microsoft and license them all of those elements, and then attempt to sue them for their use? I wouldn't have been able to keep a serious face if I were in charge of that lawsuit. In case you weren't aware of the final outcome of that battle, by the way:
The court case lasted 4 years before almost all of Apple's claims were denied on a contractual technicality. Subsequent appeals by Apple were also denied. Microsoft and Apple apparently entered a final, private settlement of the matter in 1997.
1997. When Microsoft saved their little hearts with a $150 million investment so long as Apple agreed to drop their ridiculous horseplay.
I also love how you dodge the question. Your response, in bold, didn't point out anything. Point something out, PRETTY PLEASE?
The question once more: What has Google copied from Apple as far as Android OS itself goes?Edited by Stealth Pyros - 8/27/12 at 5:27pm