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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.

Photo by Tim Acheson

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58 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.
Rating: 27 Votes
58 months ago
silly apple
Rating: 10 Votes
58 months ago
Looks about as interesting as a Samsung advert :rolleyes:
Rating: 9 Votes
58 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.
Rating: 8 Votes
58 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.
Rating: 8 Votes
58 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.
Rating: 8 Votes
58 months ago
Unbelieveable, how many people in here STILL don't understand why Apple has to post this message.
No, it's not because they lost their lawsuit against Samsung. It is because they continued to piss into the judge's and Samsung's face AFTER the initial verdict.
Rating: 7 Votes
58 months ago

I was pointing out that your avatar is easily recognizable. Therefore I happen to recognize posts that you make. When I see your avatar, It's another round of "oh great, there's this guy again..." I'm not attacking you. I happen to disagree with you most of the time is all. You are my poster child for the new members who seem to have come out of left field lately and bash Apple for everything.

New members ? Look at my register date, look at my number of posts...

If you disagree with me, then rebute me, don't insult me. That would be the mature way to hold a conversation.
Rating: 6 Votes
58 months ago

Why so many people think judges can not be regarded as normal persons!!!!!
In fact, as a person with higher public influences than normal, it makes perfect sense for him to be criticized at a much stricter level.

Criticizing a decision is not the same than disobey a court order


It's not about making the changes. It's about come up a different version and get the version approved by different departments of the company and the top executives.

They don't have to approve nothing, the court has provided the text. Period
Rating: 5 Votes
58 months ago
Synopsis of events so far...

Here's the timeline:

1) High Court rules that Samsung did not infringe Apple's generic design registration for a display device.

Apple spokesman Alan Hely comments, "It’s no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad. This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property.

2) Samsung asks for an injunction restraining Apple from telling anyone that importing, stocking, selling, or using Samsung devices was an infringement. Judge denies a gag injunction on the grounds of freedom of speech. He says that judgements can be publicly disagreed with.

Samsung also asks that Apple be ordered to disseminate the judgement. Judge orders Apple to post the judgement outcome, partly because of Hely's statement.

Apple appeals and loses.

3) Apple posts the judgement, plus some quotes from it (which was okay), but also adds false comments that Samsung had been found guilty of copying the iPad in other countries.

Apple is ordered to adjust their website. Apple does so and adds an apology for posting "inaccurate" information. However, Apple reportedly uses custom Javascript code on the UK site, to hide the apology when the page first comes up.

?? Will Apple be ordered to adjust the location of that apology ??
Rating: 5 Votes

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