Steve Jobs : We Have Been Shameless About Stealing But Will Sue You If You Steal!

Steve ~ I Want You To Stop Stealing From Us

Steve ~ I Want You To Stop Stealing From Us

By now every one under the sun knows that Apple has sued HTC and apparently it has got less to do with HTC and a lot to do with Google & Android. After all HTC is the manufacturer of Nexus One and uses Android in a lot of its phone.

Although Steve Jobs is right when he says in the press release

“We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours.”

What is ironical or quite amusing rather is this interview of Steve Jobs where he once siad

“We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”


But yeah, we know this not the 1st time Apple has reflected double standards in its stand.


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42 Responses to “Steve Jobs : We Have Been Shameless About Stealing But Will Sue You If You Steal!”
  1. Gilthon Gib says:

    Accept it guys… Steve is hypocrite. From ages people have been blaming MS for being a bad monopoly, but look at this. screw u Steve.

  2. Clint Daly says:

    Theft of an idea for innovation and resale is entirely different from stealing a patented invention. The author is the only hypocrite here.

    • Gilthon Gib says:

      Well, in that case Apple’s OS is standing on the theft of the technology developed by Xerox. This is non nonsensical – “Theft of an idea for innovation and resale”… who the fuck decides whether it is for innovation or not… You can commit the crime of stealing/theft as long as you are doing it for the sake of innovation… Sick.

      • Ax says:

        “Gilthon Gib

        5 days ago

        Well, in that case Apple’s OS is standing on the theft of the technology developed by Xerox”

        “So does Microsoft’s OS”

        “Well, Steve, I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”

        Bill Gates, Nov 1983.

  3. fsilber says:

    I guess Jobs distinguishes between stealing ideas versus stealing technology. (Should I call someone a hypocrite for stealing money, once upon a time, he stole a kiss?)

    • Gilthon Gib says:

      I don’t get this.
      Copying GUI and features from Xerox is theft of idea.
      Copying GUI and features from of iPhone is theft of technology.
      ?
      The world is full of hypocrite Apple fan bois.

  4. Suhasini says:

    Sheer example of double standards.

  5. Joerg says:

    All you guys obviously cannot read english proper ;-)

    Jobs is saying “do not steal our TECHNOLOGY” and
    he is also saying “we like stealing great IDEAS”.

    Get the difference now? Still didn’t get it? Poor America :-(

    TECHNOLOGY is something consisting of hardware (you know, that physical stuff) and sometimes also of software making something of that hardware (that software, BTW, very well may contain some IDEAS – as for the hardware, which may also be based on some IDEAS).

    Now IDEAS, my poor minded friends (don’t take this literally), are something completely abstract. They are not TECHNOLOGY, they are just that: IDEAS.

    But f***ing USofA has made it possible to get patents merely on IDEAS, without proper TECHNOLOGY – as for f***ing European Patent Office, which allows for the same as long as the bucks are flowing on the banking accounts. They don’t care about TECHNOLOGY obviously or business or workplaces or existences. But I’m getting little carried away here.

    IDEAS are free, especially if you let them ;-) go … if you make your IDEAS public, you’re giving them away into the public domain for free. You cannot take them out of public – just as you cannot turn back time.

    TECHNOLOGY OTOH, is something which needs to be planned, manufactured, tested and in the end it is sold or at least sponsored. Otherwise it wouldn’t have been produced in the first place. If you got your TECHNOLOGY patented. Fine. It’s yours. And no one else is allowed to clone it.

    But what if what you had patented, really doesn’t qualify for a TECHNOLOGY but really is only an IDEA? Well, f*** you and the patent office which allowed it to happen. Then you would be misusing laws and incompetent bureaucrats…

    (***) NOTE, that any aforementioned word consisting of “f***” in whole or in part, really is intended to be disclosed as FOOL !!!

    • Joerg says:

      ;-) take it with a grain of salt ;-)

      • Gilthon Gib says:

        Looks like you did’nt even bother to see the list of patent that Apple claims were infringed. Around 20 patents which include
        “Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image”
        “List Scrolling And Document Translation, Scaling, And Rotation On A Touch-Screen Display”

        Now for sure these are ideas NOT Technologies in real sense.
        The point here is not how Patent office work (i agree that there are issues that needs to be addressed), but that there is a very thin line b/w an idea and technology (at least here). And Jobs/Apple has been guilty of copying ideas similar to “Unlocking A Device By Performing Gestures On An Unlock Image”.
        Tragedy is while copying Jobs said we are stealing IDEAS and now the word is TECHNOLOGY.

        • Joerg says:

          Sure, I don’t bother! That’s the responsibility of the person claiming to do journalism ;-)

          In case you did not notice: I’m picking at the headline and the quality of investigation / validation / honesty – using rumours in journalism work is not helpful.

          Sure Apple is doing exactly, what I’m “sidepicking” at. Apple is not alone. They can do it, because of current patent regulation policies. These in turn exist, because your electoral votes and lack of public pressure do not enforce that to be changed (which is something else I’m picking at along the way – this is altogether just too frustrating). That’s not my main point, though.

          Anyway, I’m just being sarcastic, because this subject matter is so deeply frustrating … I mean these kind of guys even get patents on cow genes(!), you know, these poor creatures that are bred to death. Shameless greed… or victims (of what) ?

          • Joerg says:

            And you know what. Whom, do we need to thank most for all this mess? These patent policies grew sick, so companies like Monsanto and Gilead can continue to do their profitable harm … Guess who protected their interests, guess who makes some profit from it? Say, “thank you Mr. Bush, Rummy, Dick and friends”. Say, “thank you leftists” for the not so serious/prominent opposition.

  6. Joerg says:

    Look guys, I know you want to improve, so here, THIS is a good comment:
    http://cdtdoug.blogspot.com/2010/03/patent-system-is-mess.html

  7. Jim Swan says:

    Apple refined Xerox’s experimental GUI concept, then brought it to market with Xerox’s approval. Xerox owned Apple stock.

    Microsoft made its own version later, altering the design just enough that Apple’s “look and feel” case could not carry the day in court.

  8. Tim says:

    …this interview of Steve Jobs where he once siad [sic]
    “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

    So I we seriously supposed to give any credibility to an unattributed quote like this?

    I once heard that Bill Gates was going to give me $5,000 and a free trip to Disneyland. That lying bastard never did!

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