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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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by kwan_e on Tue 21st Aug 2012 07:28 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
kwan_e
Member since:
2007-02-18

Two things:

1) "Copying" isn't "imitating".

2) Everyone copies from older designs.

None of this has been shown to stop innovation. History shows it can increase innovation. Conversely, innovation grinds to a halt when copying is forbidden.

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RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 21st Aug 2012 08:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, you can copy an idea. Microsoft Surface and RIM's Playbook build on the tablet idea, an idea Apple showed can make money if done right.

Neither Surface or Playbook scream "iPad". A number of Android powered products do, but Samsung went much further than that.

So I consider Surface and Playbook to be innovations and Samsung's stuff copies.

Microsoft and RIM used the success of the iPad to do their own tablets, which you can't blame them for, and they did it their way, which is also good. Samsung just copied the iPad/iPhone.

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RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510
by kwan_e on Tue 21st Aug 2012 11:20 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by MOS6510"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Samsung just copied the iPad/iPhone.


I keep seeing this being asserted and nothing more. Before the iPad came out, anyone person familiar with sci-fi would have had the same idea for a tablet. The only thing that was holding it back was the technology wasn't quite there yet for most of computing's history.

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