Apple Removes UK Website Statement Regarding Galaxy Tab Design, Publishes Newspaper Acknowledgement

Yesterday, we reported that Apple had been ordered a UK court to alter its published statement on its website acknowledging that the Samsung Galaxy Tab does not infringe upon the protected design of the iPad. The statement was required by an earlier court order, but Apple's version of the included additional content, playfully quoting statements from the judge's ruling saying that the Samsung Galaxy Tab was "not as cool" as the iPad and noting that it had won cases against Samsung in other jurisdictions.

The judges were clearly unhappy with Apple's version of the notice and ordered the company to alter it within 48 hours, while Apple argued that it would take up to two weeks to revise and post the notice. As noted by TechCrunch, Apple has already removed its version of the notice from its UK website, but has yet to publish a revised version satisfying the court's demands.

The Next Web also reports that the first of Apple's newspaper advertisements similarly required by the court has appeared in The Guardian today.

In this morning’s Guardian, Apple has taken out a small advertisement, including the same statement that it ran on its website, but minus the additional commentary that originally got the company into trouble. It also appears to have been printed in 14-pt Arial font, as required in the original ruling.

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Top Rated Comments

CoryTV Avatar
153 months ago
How long will it take the first fanboy to come up with some absurd pretend technical reason why Apple can't change the text in an hour? Poor apple, they think they can bend the reality of anyone who has ever published any text on the web, or edited a post. Or used a word processor. This is insane.
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
1083296 Avatar
153 months ago
silly apple
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jsameds Avatar
153 months ago
Looks about as interesting as a Samsung advert :rolleyes:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
3282868 Avatar
153 months ago
As I understand, the ruling wasn't completely with Apple and the judge sought a legal reprimand in order to counter Apple's tarnishing of Samsung's device(s). Apple legal suits bit them in the arse and turn about is fair play. These suits have been highly publicized and as a result have negatively impacted Samsung's reputation. Whether you agree with Apple or not, the judge decided on a legal ruling and as such Apple should abide. This "game" they're playing is immature at best. If Samsung pulled this move, I'm certain MacRumors would be aflame with anti-Samsung comments.

I'm an Apple user, have been for over a decade which is why I frequent this site. However, there is a line and Apple has crossed it too many times. More innovation and less legal threats, please.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fishmoose Avatar
153 months ago
I tell you, you know the U.K courts are screwed when they require you to use Arial. Talk about having zero taste.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
JDee Avatar
153 months ago
Anyone that looks at that newspaper page won't even read it because its just a load of text & looks like the standard bunch of terms and conditions that you find at the bottom of an ad that no one reads.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)