What sticks in my craw isn't everyone copying Xerox so much as Apple's
litigation on behalf of the look and feel of their particular copy...
firstname.lastname@example.org (John Hayward at Hopco) wrote:
> 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: email@example.com
> > [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]On Behalf Of B.Rumary
> > Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2001 5:32 PM
> > To: email@example.com
> > Subject: Re: filmscanners: OT: copyrights
> > In <B6EBEA7B.firstname.lastname@example.org>, 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