Friday, November 09, 2012

Apple U.K. removes website code that 'hid' Samsung apology

Apple U.K., which had been forced to reword its somewhat snarky "apology" letter after a court ruled their initial apology was out of compliance, tried to work its away around the court order, again, but as of Thursday it removed code from its site that forced users to scroll down to see an apology to Samsung.

Apple had - sneakily - included code in its website which effectively hid the apology. By resizing the page's central image of a new iPad mini and inserting four separate product advertisements at the bottom of the browser window, visitors to the site - no matter how tall their browser window was or their screen's resolution - had to scroll down to view the apology to Samsung.

It was clever. It was sneaky. It was definitely out of compliance with the court order.

After the "resize" code was discovered on Apple's U.K. Web site, Reddit users and Hacker News readers erupted and in protest. While some tried to give Apple an out, most believed the technology giant was again trying to circumvent the court order by attempting to hide the apology off-screen.

Nice try, but folks noticed, Apple.

All of this stemmed from an Oct. 18 court order in which U.K. High Court Judge Colin Birss ruled that Apple must run notices on its U.K. website and in a number of U.K. print publications stating that Samsung did not infringe Apple's iPad patents and therefore did not breach U.K. law. Additionally, the order stated that the notice must remain on Apple's site for one month.

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