Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2012 22:14 UTC
Legal "The web has been alight these past few weeks with the details of the Apple v. Samsung lawsuit. It's been a unique opportunity to peer behind the curtain of how these two companies operate, as the trial seeks to answer the question: did Samsung copy Apple? But there's actually another question that I think is much more interesting to the future of innovation in the technology industry: regardless of whether the courts say that Samsung copied Apple or not, would we all be better off if we allowed - even encouraged - companies to copy one another?" This is very relevant.
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Take icons like the infamous handset on a green backdrop or the musical note on top of a CD with a blue backdrop. While these are clear ways to represent a given function, even within the bounds of a relatively square icon, there are probably dozens of different ways to do the same thing well. Why exactly copy Apple?

Big news: the musical note symbol wasn't invented by Apple but by... Solf├Ęge notation.

Big News 2: not everything was invented by Apple. Not even most icons.

What about a yellow phone icon to harken back to the Yellow Pages? Or a Blue one to allude to Ma Bell,

Welcome to America: not everybody live there, and their *yellow pages* are not necessary yellow color-themed, and their historical phone company is not necessary blue-color-themed.

Hence the need to find a *world-wide* symbol for the same function.

a musical note without the "antiquated" CD?

The musical note is far more antiquated than the optical disc, actually. And only the later carrier the digital meaning.

What about a phonograph ala the one the RCA dog "hears his master's voice" in?

Love that one. One simple answer: trademark infrigment.
How ironic that trying that it's still possible to not mimic existing design you fall yourself in the IP trap...

And is there anything necessarily blue about music players other than that iTunes has had a blue note icon since iTunes 5.0?

Huh? I though that what was troubling regarding Samsung vs iPhone icons was the *purple* music player icon.

Oh well.
Let's patent colors.
And, next, letters.

Everyday, pro-patents are inventing... another reason to *not* respect patent system.
Well done, guys.

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