Apple Wins, Consumers LoseChris | InformationLiberation
Aug. 25, 2012
Prepare yourself, Samsung products are now going to be more expensive, as well as Apple's now that they've won $1.05 billion off their biggest competitor.
Incidentally, Samsung is also Apple's biggest customer. Isn't it neat the way stupid laws get people who are working in harmony at each others necks? The purpose of law is to avoid conflict, intellectual property laws only serve to create it, but same goes for most of the 800,000 laws and regulations on the books, so what's the big deal, right?
Apple scored a sweeping legal victory over Samsung Electronics on Friday as a U.S. jury found the Korean company had copied critical features of the hugely popular iPhone and iPad and awarded the U.S. company $1.05 billion in damages.Apparently, the moron jury even awarded damages in cases where Samsung was found not to have infringed. This jury rushed through this case in only three days, despite being called to read 109 pages of instruction and decide on 700 different patent infringement claims. This was a billion dollar lawsuit determined by a bunch of people essentially drafted into slavery through the jury system who obviously did not want to be there, did not want to mediate this dispute, and simply sided with Apple because they foolishly assumed "copying" is "stealing" and they wanted to go home.
Apple said in their final statement, "We applaud the court for finding Samsung's behavior willful and for sending a loud and clear message that stealing isn't right."
Yet here is what the founder of Apple and a young Steve Jobs once said, “Picasso had a saying -- 'good artists copy, great artists steal' -- and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”
Well, now they're being shameless about stealing over a billion dollars from Samsung and potentially banning them from the marketplace for "copying."
Of course, copying is not theft, but merely an act of replication, and it pays tribute to the creator, as the saying goes, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." The young Steve Jobs understood this, yet our archaic legal system, and your average American, do not.
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