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Re: filmscanners: OT: copyrights

In <B6EBEA7B.386%jimsnyder@insight.rr.com>, Jim Snyder wrote:

> I do have a problem with Microsoft copying the
> Macintosh interface and denying that it is a copy. Apple copied the ideas
> for a mouse, the GUI interface, and more, but there was no denial of where
> the ideas came from (somehow better). All shades of gray...
Actually Apple stole these GUI ideas from Xerox PARC's Smalltalk and then 
tried to claim they were their own invention, to stop anyone else from using 
them. They were successful in crippling the GEM GUI in this way, which is 
why GEM failed to take off. This is why MS claimed their Windows ideas were 
original - to get round Apple's legal challenges!

Brian Rumary, England



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