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UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance 217

drinkypoo writes "We've been following the story that Apple was ordered by a UK court to post an apology to Samsung both in newspapers and on Apple's UK website. After originally posting a non-apology and then hiding a real one, Apple finally complied. Now, PJ over at Groklaw reports on the ruling from the UK court itself, which condemns Apple's conduct in this matter. 'Since Apple did not comply with the order in its estimation, adding materials that were not ordered and in addition were "false," the judges ordered Apple to pay Samsung's lawyers' fees on an indemnity basis, and they add some public humiliation.' The judge wrote, 'Finally I should mention the time for compliance. Mr Beloff, on instructions (presumably given with the authority of Apple) told us that "for technical reasons" Apple needed fourteen days to comply. I found that very disturbing: that it was beyond the technical abilities of Apple to make the minor changes required to own website in less time beggared belief. ... I hope that the lack of integrity involved in this incident is entirely atypical of Apple.'"
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UK Court Sanctions Apple For Non-Compliance

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 10, 2012 @11:42AM (#41942511)

    To be fair to apple, they couldn't make changes to their website for 14 days because they were busy making changes to show their new mini, and make people think the slow, relatively expensive, poor display device which is easily scratched, was a good deal. They had more pressing problems.

  • by JustOK ( 667959 ) on Saturday November 10, 2012 @11:44AM (#41942527) Journal

    Yah, it sounds like he would make the smart choice.

  • by TWX ( 665546 ) on Saturday November 10, 2012 @12:04PM (#41942659)
    I have an idea. How about the court holds the lawyers and the titular head of Apple Computer in the United Kingdom in jail on contempt charges until the apology is properly worded and displayed? Call it, "Third Time's The Charm"...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 10, 2012 @12:14PM (#41942729)

    On a more serious note, I agree with the judge. This kind of change could have been implemented in less than one day


    Their web design team is forced to use iPads.

  • by G3ckoG33k ( 647276 ) on Saturday November 10, 2012 @12:14PM (#41942739)

    But, the anti-Apple fanboys have valid arguments so what is your point?

  • by yacc143 ( 975862 ) on Saturday November 10, 2012 @12:29PM (#41942851) Homepage

    You sure? My Apple-logic(tm) that would make super productive, as the iPad is clearly superior to a mere PC for any use, ....

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 10, 2012 @01:37PM (#41943407)

    Just saying the anti-Apple fanbois spew just as much anti-Apple comments as the pro-Apple fanbois do pro-apple comments. I thought it was ironic and don't think it relevant if the underlying comment was on point or not (it was) was the fact he/she was cueing the pro-Apple mob when he already formed an anti-Apple mob (figuratively because torches and pitchfork combo sets don't go on sale until after Thanksgiving...unless you opt for the iTorch and the iPitchfork which will allow the user to prod and protest much more condescendingly).

    With the crucial difference being that when we who are anti-Apple post how much Apple sucks and how they should die, (as a company,) we're RIGHT. The Apple fan is the man whose brains are so soft that they can ignore reality, and buy into the idea that Apple invented all the gadgets they stole from their betters, then polished. By the way, the iTorch costs 300 times what a real torch costs, and although it's made of a burnished aluminum-magnesium alloy, and has a perfectly smooth surface and the holes in the tip are so small that they're not visible to the naked eye, yet a flame flickers out of it looking almost as if the metal itself is on fire, which it isn't, and although it can be be controlled via an iPhone app, allowing the user to vary the size of the flame, color, rate of flicker, temperature, etc. it's still just a torch. Give me an old stick of wood with a piece of oil-soaked cloth wrapped around the head any day. The iPitchfork, I'll admit is a cool take on the pitch fork, and at $109.95 + 64.95 for Apple Care for iFarming iMplements, it's not that badly overpriced.

  • by boundary ( 1226600 ) on Saturday November 10, 2012 @01:51PM (#41943553)
    I'll take Nazis over poor use of apostrophes any day.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 10, 2012 @05:12PM (#41945143)

    On a more serious note, I agree with the judge. This kind of change could have been implemented in less than one day


    Their web design team is forced to use iPads.

    That it suck a lie. Their wouldn't be Amy difference in time coating a new home pave on a iPod.

    Sent from my iPad

  • by pnot ( 96038 ) on Saturday November 10, 2012 @06:00PM (#41945529)

    Seriously, if I were the judge I'd just up the stakes at this point. Something along the lines of

    "You have proven yourselves incapable of modifying the front page of your website in compliance with the court order. To avoid any further misunderstandings or evasions, we are providing this 800x1200px PNG containing the exact text we wish you to display. Your site shall serve this up as the only content of the front page for the next week, or we'll begin seizing assets.

    ... oh, and it's in Comic Sans."

  • by GumphMaster ( 772693 ) on Saturday November 10, 2012 @07:47PM (#41946271)

    That probably would be perfect indeed.

    ... but only if the link to Apple at the bottom of the page had accompanying ECMAScript to ensure it started off life just outside the user's visible page area.

  • by the_B0fh ( 208483 ) on Sunday November 11, 2012 @02:05AM (#41947851) Homepage

    Apple pays its employees now?! Damn, I thought they just worked for the privilege of breathing in the air that Steve Jobs breathed out.

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