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RE: filmscanners: OT: copyrights

Gosh - what would have happened if MS had licensed the GUI 
design from Xerox. Maybe XRX would not in such financial 
distress today.

In any event, this shows how few truly original ideas there are.


  > -----Original Message-----
  > From: owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
  > [mailto:owner-filmscanners@halftone.co.uk]On Behalf Of B.Rumary
  > Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2001 5:32 PM
  > To: filmscanners@halftone.co.uk
  > Subject: 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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