Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Samsung accused of using iOS map image for use in promotional campaign

Samsung's latest "fail" at least appears to come outside a courtroom. It seems that Samsung used a nearly three-year-old screen capture of the iPhone Maps application as a promotional shot for its Galaxy Player 50 portable media player.

The image was first noted by John Gruber of Daring Fireball on Monday. He stated that Samsung's image (since pulled), was an "ever-so-slightly modified rip-off" of the iPhone Maps application.

After it little more research, it was discovered that the image is actually an exact copy of an iPhone screenshot from a blog post by Laura Scott on BlogHer in 2008.

The Galaxy Player line of devices are really Samsung's answer to the iPod touch. It's a Galaxy S device that is missing the cellular hardware.

Apple and Samsung have been engaged in multiple legal battles in multiple countries. Samsung has been on the losing end of most of those. Late last week, a Netherlands judge denied Samsung's request to block sales of iDevices in that country, based on UMTS patents owned by the Korean giant.

Meanwhile, in August Apple was awarded an injunction against three of Samsung's smartphones by a court in a different decision in the Netherlands. Sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet have been blocked in both Germany and Australia (with the Australian decision coming just last week).

In addition to patent disputes, Apple continues to claim that the resemblance of Samsung's products to its own is no coincidence, and amounts to theft. Last week, an Apple spokeswoman was reported as saying "It's no coincidence that Samsung's latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad ... This kind of blatant copying is wrong, and we need to protect Apple's intellectual property when companies steal our ideas."



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