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Apple Must Rewrite “Samsung Didn’t Copy Us” Post, Must Last Until December

Apple was forced by the courts to post an apology to Samsung on their website already. Dragged kicking and screaming into it, they finally complied, but a few people thought that it wasn’t worded properly, more specifically the paragraphs about how “cool” their products were. This was brought before the judge and the judge agreed that it must be changed, giving them 48 hours to do so. It is Apple however, and they responded by saying it would take at least 14 days to make a change to the website. The judge was in disbelief, reportedly.

At this point there seems to be a stand-off of sorts, but Apple wouldn’t want to risk making the courts more upset than they already are. If it’s not changed within the 48 hour time limit you can expect to hear more interesting stories coming out of this court case.

Via: The Guardian

  • chris k

    14 days to make small modifications to a website, do they have 6th graders making the change?

  • trumpet444

    When Jobs died it took minutes for the website to change.

  • The definition of apology, according to Merriam-Webster:

    “an admission of error or discourtesy accompanied by an expression of regret”

    Admission of error or discourtesy? Nope.
    Expression of regret? Nope.

    Apple’s cavalier attitude is eventually going to catch up with them. And I can’t wait to see the results.

  • It’s Apple, they can’t do anything under 48 hours on their websites without the $ sign.

  • jdv

    Contempt of court can be very costly

  • They need to make it “Samsung did not copy us, Sorry for all the trouble everyone”. It needs to be in bold, smack in the middle of their front page…not buried 5 pages deep.

  • Can someone send some coins and a letter to the hacker group anonymous and have them edit it for Apple? Then Apple could be held in contempt for LIES! 🙂

  • David Cosme Jr.

    This makes me happy – not because I don’t like Apple products, but because the judge is holding the properly accountable for their actions. I would want the same for Google products. Although, at this time, I don’t Google needing to be litigated into an apology, and if they did, I think they would be professional about it. Apple’s “apology” almost read like a spoof or something I would have to look up on snopes.com.

  • damn it takes 14 days to edit a website on an iOS?

    • flosserelli

      They’re trying to use the new Maps to find the link.

      /sorry, I couldn’t resist

  • Kindroid

    Affidavit HELL. Fine the Bastards $ 100,000 for each day they miss the 48 hour deadline. Apple is EVIL

    • flosserelli

      Make it $100,000 for every HOUR they miss the 48 hour deadline. Plus, extend the apology’s presence on their web site 1 month for every hour they miss the deadline.

    • J Dub

      That is nothing for Apple. They pick that out from between their teeth.

  • Aaron Fredricks

    Gettin realllll tired of your s**t, Apple.

  • trixnkix637

    Make them edit it on a computer running Windows 8. Make it sting a little more.

  • Salvationalizm

    I’m not sure where the term “apology” was ever mentioned, but what’s funny to me is they posted word for word what was suggested by the court, including the exact verbiage for the link on their UK homepage. The selected quotes from the ruling, despite the blatant positive image of Apple’s products and inferiority of Samsung’s that they paint, I would consider (with great reserve) to be allowable as they are direct excerpts from the cited court document. What was non-compliant was solely in the last paragraph.

    The entire purpose for this statement was to clear up the confusion presented to the consumer caused by the suit that has created quite a bit of negative press towards Samsung thus clouding an informed purchase. The referencing of other court cases with favorable rulings towards Apple perpetuates this confusion and essentially invalidates the required first and fifth paragraph in the statement.

    Finally, 14 days to fix a simple webpage is appropriate…if the work is done on a Mac…bazinga!

    • AranelAlasse

      +1 for “bazinga!”

  • brando56894

    Two weeks to edit a website that is nothing more than a white page with text in the center? That’s absolutely ridiculous. I could change it in 15 minutes!

    • Josh

      There is absolutely no technical reason whatsoever why such a change should take more than a few hours, and the only reason I don’t say “minutes” is that A) crafting a new statement could potentially take a few hours, B) it is conceivable that they have a complex hosting/mirroring system in place that requires manual updates across multiple machines and C) information regarding such changes must be communicated to the appropriate staff. 24 to 48 hours is probably appropriate, given the above “devils advocacy” considerations. However, Apple’s claim that an update would take 14 days is ludicrous, and nothing short of a blatant lie to the judges’ faces. This, in and of itself should be sufficient to hold Apple in contempt.

  • rich

    if i were the judge, I would simply give them the 48hr time window and if no compliance, then I would ban their products for sale in the us from the time limit expiration up to 2 years after they word the apology correctly and after they leave in on the site for 2 months…

    This will get them moving quicker…

  • zepfloyd
    • Chronon7364

      Dude! Nelsons laugh is exactly what came to mind when I read this headline!

  • DanWazz

    Pretty funny. Apple is the worst.

  • nightscout13

    Takes 2 weeks to write an apology? No, takes 2 weeks to write a letter filled with lies and hidden messages.

  • Nice to see the judge isn’t stupid. It didn’t take Apple 14 days to post about Steve Jobs’ death – they obviously have an update process in place that can jump through the vetting procedure.

    • LionStone

      Yea, they just want to do it ‘their’ way, which is when they feel like it.

  • Smeckle

    For those trying to find the statement on the Apple website: http://www.apple.com/uk/legal-judgement/

    The last sentence pretty much sums up Apple’s feelings: “So while the U.K. court did not find Samsung guilty of infringement, other courts have recognized that in the course of creating its Galaxy tablet, Samsung willfully copied Apple’s far more popular iPad.”

  • Buy This

    I wish Steve Jobs was alive to see this…and subsequently react to it.

    • MicroNix

      You’d see a grown man have the temper tantrum of a 2 year old

  • M

    It’s really annoying that you guys keep reporting it as an apology. I’m all for the ruling, but the verdict never says post an apology. It’s just bad journalism and shows you didn’t read the actual verdict an are just copying other news sites.

    • I agree that it didn’t ask for an “apology” literally but if that’s not what the UK judge was asking of Apple, what’s your opinion on why they’re not in compliance? They clearly pissed off the judges (3) with what they wrote.

    • JamesU513

      Sir, YOU are annoying

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    • avinyc

      If sensational headlines are bad journalism, we are all in trouble. It’s a shame when any site or news org puts together a not-so-true title to get readers and clicks, but what can you do? The pendulum swings both ways.

  • bakdroid

    Come on, ban Apple products in the UK! Do it!

  • Listen, you can say whatever you want (good or bad) about Apple’s products. But in regards to handling this apology decision by the court, you cannot say their behavior has been anything less than childish. I mean really?

  • Josh

    Shouldn’t the headline read “Apple Must Rewrite ‘Samsung Didn’t Copy Us’ Post, Must Last Until December” ?

  • relaist

    Haha, We should all visit the mentioned web page, making it most popular hit for the apple website. Burn apple burn.

    • JS629
      • FortitudineVincimus

        Such games… notice how the company that is the master of branding makes sure to NOT put it on any page that is Apple style and branded. All of their other pages are Apple style and branded – except this. The judge should address this as well. Make sure it is on a completely styled Apple page.

  • user311

    Another reason why apple sucks…

  • Apple the 5 year old.

    Judge: “Apple, say ‘You’re sorry'”
    Apple: Ok, “You’re sorry”

    • TheDrizzle

      Thanks, this made my morning 🙂

    • Sums it up perfectly!

    • Mack

      There has to be a way to like this post more than once.

    • kingsfan33

      no its:
      Judge: “Apple, say you’re sorry”
      Apple: “But, But, But he started…”

  • GotSka81

    “Officer, I can’t afford this ticket! I simply don’t have the money!”

    When did “I can’t do this” become an acceptable answer to punishments handed down by the legal system? Too freakin’ bad! Get it done!

  • FortitudineVincimus

    More and more Apple paints itself to look like total pathetic azzholes… A quote from the judge

    ““I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can’t put this on” their website, Jacob said. “I just can’t believe the instructions you’ve been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?””

    These guys are becoming everything bad about this industry they strived not to be in the beginning and fought against with Microsoft.

    • WAldenIV

      I was hoping the judge would make them include “We were total douches with the last non-compliant statement we put on the site. Cool factor doesn’t compensate for douchiness.”

    • PhillipCun

      A tech company cannot figure out how to update their website in 48 hours? PLEASE

      • MicroNix

        Its obvious that the Apple marketing machine needs more than 48 hours to once again word the “apology” just negative enough that it won’t pi** the judge off.

    • michael arazan

      Apple represents everything that is bad with corporations and ethics.

  • Adam Brandt

    I hope they miss the deadline and the judge slaps them with 12 months at a 24 point font and writes the apology FOR them…Apple has such balls!!!!

    • noc007

      I’d pay to see this happen. I wouldn’t be surprised if this did happen; UK judges just don’t seem like they tolerate shenanigans and are more creative than most US judges. Here’s hoping it does happen.

  • whatever happened to it lasting for 6 months?