|Sep 20, 2012, 12:06 PM||#1|
Swiss Federal Railways Says Apple Copied Its Iconic Railway Clock
Switzerland's Schweizerische Bundesbahnen, or Swiss Federal Railway service, has accused Apple of using their iconic clock in its Clock app for iPad without permission, according to a report in the Swiss newspaper Blick [Google Translate].
Left: Apple's Clock app. Right: The iconic Swiss Railway clock. Courtesy WikipediaThe clock, designed by Hans Hilfiker, has become an icon of both the Swiss railway and of Switzerland itself. The trademark and copyright for the clock is owned by the Swiss Federal Railways service.
According to the article:
The clock's image is widely licensed, with the watchmaker Mondaine selling replicas around the world.
(Thanks for the translation, Dave!)
Update: In the interest of fairness, we have changed our links from Tages-Anzeiger to the Swiss daily Blick, which first reported the story. The translated quote remains one provided by a MacRumors reader from a paragraph in the Tages-Anzeiger story.
Article Link: Swiss Federal Railways Says Apple Copied Its Iconic Railway Clock
|Sep 20, 2012, 12:08 PM||#8|
There's really no dispute here, but c'mon, a clock face? Are we going to start accusing Maxis of copying Sherwin-Williams' wallpaper because there's a similar shade of blue in the Sims?
|Sep 20, 2012, 12:08 PM||#9|
Looks like the clocks we had in school, just missing the numbers.
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|Sep 20, 2012, 12:08 PM||#13|
Whats next-Samsung saying Apple copied their phones
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|Sep 20, 2012, 12:09 PM||#16|
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|Sep 20, 2012, 12:09 PM||#19|
Pretty sure my 1986 LEGO train station had the same clock and no one gave a crap then...
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|Sep 20, 2012, 12:10 PM||#22|
Well... the gray background in both pictures is used extensively in my home. I think I'll sue both Switzerland and Apple.
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|Sep 20, 2012, 12:10 PM||#24|
Did the clock change?
Or did they just notice after 6 generations of iPhones?
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|Sep 20, 2012, 12:10 PM||#25|
I'm sure Apple will happily pay the $10 in damages. How could this possibly "hurt" them? I see that it is licensed, but I can't imagine this appearing on the iPad would impact them outside of them wanting the lic fees.
I do however believe this is an identical copy. I wonder how Apple gets their images. If an employee creates these, someone is gonna be fired for not doing their job and actually creating the icon and instead they copied.
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