Linked by umad on Thu 25th Aug 2011 22:51 UTC
Apple I thought OSNews would be a good forum to talk about a matter that has been weighing on my mind lately primarily because the site has been so focused on Apple's patents and litigation as of late. The news that HP, the largest PC manufacturer in the world is spinning off or getting out of this business is what really prompted me to write this article.
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Ah but you see, good artists copy, great artists steal.
Of course, the only "artist" in the world is Apple.
Everyone else are just, uh, copying and stealing arti....errr...thieves.

Erm... Apple paid XEROX for using the PARC stuff:

"Jobs was so struck by the power inherent to the PARC that he offered Xerox the opportunity to invest a million dollars in Apple computer if the company would agree to let him and his Lisa team study Alto. Xerox felt that it had nothing to lose. After all, they couldn't sell it. They did not believe the world was ready for the advanced PARC technologies. Apple was about to go public and Xerox's investment branch, Xerox Development Corporation, sensed an opportunity to turn a quick profit. Xerox invested $1 million in Apple by purchasing 100,000 shares at $10 each. Furthermore, Xerox signed an agreement with Apple to never purchase more than 5 percent of Apple's outstanding shares. Within a year, these shares split into 800,000 worth $17.6 million when Apple went public."


And Apple then messed up by granting that license to Mircosoft... but those companies are basically ok with each other now with a crosss-licensing agreement in place:

"Apple listed 189 GUI elements; the court decided that 179 of these elements had been licensed to Microsoft in the Windows 1.0 agreement and most of the remaining 10 elements were not copyrightable—either they were unoriginal to Apple, or they were the only possible way of expressing a particular idea."


The differnce in the Smartphone arena is that Apple doesn't seem to have licesened its interface stuff out to anyone this time around.

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