Apple was last week ordered to alter the statement posted to its website regarding its UK lawsuit against Samsung. Part of the order demanded that Apple also post the statement to its UK homepage. Previously, the statement appeared only as a link at the foot of the homepage. A judge last week demanded that Apple post the actual statement on its homepage in at least 11 point font.
However, though Apple complied with this request, it seems the company has sneakily found a way to ensure the statement isn't the first thing visitors to the site see when the load up Apple.com/uk. The text that appears on the bottom of the Apple UK homepage reads as follows:
On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The correct statement is at Samsung/Apple UK judgement.
Redditors point out that Apple's websites in other countries feature a similar design, but the fact that Apple has already gotten itself into hot water over this statement makes it hard to believe the placement was an accident. On the other hand, Apple was never told that the statement had to appear 'above the fold' on its homepage, so one could argue the company is well within its rights to put it at the bottom of the page.
My gf wanted an ipod nano...I showed her the sony/samsung/creative alternatives. She didn't get an apple product.
My ENTIRE immediate family has Android or WP7/8 phones, because I steer them away from apple. They are now all saying to me: "Gee, , how right you were about that company being really low down and dirty, and gee, look at the slowly declining interest due to lacklustre new iphone and ipad mini 'innovations'. It really is nice to have someone as clever as you showing us the way, ."
I may have paraphrased a little.
On 9 July 2012 the High Court of Justice of England and Wales ruled that Samsung Electronic (UK) Limited’s Galaxy Tablet Computers, namely the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s Community registered design No. 0000181607-0001. A copy of the full judgment of
the High Court is available from www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Patents/2012/1882.html.
That Judgment has effect throughout the European Union and was upheld by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales on 18 October 2012. A copy of the Court of Appeal’s judgment is available from www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2012/1339.html. There is no injunction in respect of the Community registered design in force anywhere in Europe.
wtf is this, this is the quoted text from the site? this is not an apology this is an statement of what happened?
Am I wrong or they are violating the court order again?
That is all they were ordered to do, an apology via dissemination.
Apple keeps dragging this out, they could easily just posted this and let it fade out of the limelight quickly. Instead they keep trying to "legally" circumvent as much as possible and it keeps popping up in the news and doing more damage.
Could this blow up any more? I obviously don't understand etquette concerning these circumstances but it looks like Apple might get smacked around a bit more.