Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th Jul 2012 19:38 UTC, submitted by tupp
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless It might be a cliche, but sometimes, a picture says more than a thousand words. Over the years, I've often talked about how the technology world is iterative, about how products are virtually always built upon that which came before, about how almost always, multiple people independently arrive at the same products since they work within the same constraints of the current state of technology. This elementary aspect of the technology world, which some would rather forget, has been illustrated very, very well in one of Samsung's legal filings against Apple.
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RE: Sony eh. Very interesting read.
by pancete on Tue 31st Jul 2012 09:55 UTC in reply to "Sony eh. Very interesting read."
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As I'm pretty fed up with the Jobsian religion and its tireless acolytes, I've just registered to vent my rage. I would like to make a few points (I thought they were platitudes, but it seems I was wrong):
1. Steve Jobs was not an artist of any kind; no Apple product is a work of art by any "artistic" standards (more of a sexual fetish or a religious totem).
2. "Good artists copy, great artists steal" is not an original quote by Jobs, but by Pablo Picasso; similarly T.S. Eliot had already remarked that "Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal" (perhaps Picasso stole the quote, by he was a great artist after all).
3. Apart from quotations, Jobs and Apple stole many of their "new" concepts and designs.
4. If you aren't a great artist -- not even a good artist or an immature one (see point 1) -- and you steal nevertheless (see points 2 & 3) then you are a thief. (Mind you, this does not mean that other companies are not thieves too.)

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vruz Member since:

+1 on all counts.

additionally, in **1870** this little genius said:

"Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It holds tight an author’s phrase, uses his expressions, eliminates a false idea, and replaces it with just the right idea."

– Isidore Ducasse, Comte de Lautréamont, Poésies II

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