Ripping off Apple icons... legal?

Discussion in 'Picture Gallery' started by mulletman13, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    I checked out a couple Vista screen shots, and found their "revolutionary" QuickSearch to be a bit familiar.

    Granted, the idea to search metadata/everything is fine... it's expected and a necessary advancement, however when they rip off the icon thats entirely different.

    Here is a quicksearch bar with a Spotlight bar mirrored and laid on top.


    hrmmm :-\
  2. macrumors 6502a


    My spotlight magnifying glass points to the left?
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Yeaa, the image is mirrored, but the pixels line up ... =(
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Whoops, missed that part!

    Yeah, it is kind of scary, isn't it? Oh well. Here's to leopard!
  5. macrumors 68020


    Well it is a magnifying glass, I think it is kind of a universal symbol for searching.
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Agreed. Microsoft's stem is longer anyways
  7. macrumors Nehalem


    Totally! Thank god I was worried they stole some idea!
  8. macrumors 6502a



  9. macrumors Penryn


    Actually, it isn't. It is the symbol for "zoom" though.

    MS copied Apple. They probably use Macs once in a while to see the strong points of OSX, and either stole the symbol knowingly, or subconsciously did so without realizing it. I'm hoping the latter is true, but MS really could have copied it.

    And the tilt of the magnifying glass isn't universal either, as they don't need to be at an angle to signify anything. It's weird that the magnifying glass is tipped at the same angle, but in the opposite direction.
  10. macrumors G3


    The old Windows find dialog had one too.
    It must be a conspiracy! :eek:
  11. macrumors 68020


    As much as I hate microsoft, I have to say that what you guys are saying is ridiculous. I'm sure if I had nothing to do with my time, I could look around OS X and find something that they 'stole' from microsoft.

    Who cares if windows has the same search icon as macs, maybe if they stole the mail icon for outlook I could see why it would be worth discussing but really. :rolleyes:
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Ugh that picture is so ugly. :eek:
  13. macrumors member


    Icons like all other "original" images are controlled by copyright, so to know the answer to this dilemma, one would need to know if the "original" icon in question were copyright protected.
    It may seem silly as a user of these apps that contain the image, but if you created the original image, it wouldn't seem so silly. ;)
    However, all these companies know this "fact" so it is very unlikely that any of them would use an unlicensed image without permission....unless they just like to gamble ;)
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Yeaa, a couple hours after posting this I realized it was kindof stupid to post about.

    Cheers to posting while under the influence :eek:

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