How is this legal?!

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  1. Maclver macrumors 68020

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    Ok.. I saw the new T-Mobile commercial with the odd looking girl being a t-mobile phone and the guy the iPhone... It is a complete carbon copy of the Mac Ads.. Is that even legal? Why doesn't Apple do something...

    Im just watching the AMAs and bored so wanted to discuss this!
     
  2. JD914 macrumors 6502a

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  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    It's just an ad.
    What would be illegal about it?
     
  4. Maclver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I am calm lol..im just curious how they are able to do this? :cool:
     
  5. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Two reasons:

    1. They have no creativity of their own.
    2. They are riding the coattails of something that is proven successful.
     
  6. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    You missed the big one. They are poking fun at Apple. If it was any other company they were going up agaist they would not run those ads. Those ads are known to be apple ads. So nail the iPhone and AT&T that way.

    Just like Verizon A map for that it making fun of the iPhone and AT&T.
     
  7. Maclver thread starter macrumors 68020

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    isn't there some kind of copyright laws when it comes to marketing?
     
  8. fox10078 macrumors 6502

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    Well the part about those that really get me is AT&T has more people covered under HSPA+ than T-mobile, and how they can get away with calling it 4G is beyond me.
     
  9. 0wnage macrumors member

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    I doubt it. Its like trying to sue FOX for reporting on the same story as CNN.
     
  10. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    it is based on speed. T-Mobile has much higher speed than AT&T
     
  11. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Copyright applies to any kind of original work, not just marketing. But marketing ads certainly qualify as original work, and are therefore protected by copyrights. However, copyright protection applies only to specific expression and not to ideas. So yes, someone can copy the basic idea of the Apple Mac vs PC ads, and use it in their own ads. It'd take something really blatant, like copying Apple's ad word for word, in order to get slapped down with a copyright suit.
     
  12. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Even if copyright did apply here, they might be able to could claim fair use for parody purposes.
     
  13. Vegastouch macrumors 603

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    Why wouldnt it be?
     
  14. gigidey macrumors member

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    This, along with the fact that it would be hard for Apple to claim legal ownership of "two people discuss a product in a white room".
     
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    the fact that several individuals here didn't even know what a parody was is very concerning...
     
  17. goobot macrumors 603

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    It is funny cause everything in that commercial is bs. They just renamed their 3G network to 4g.
     
  18. Stein357 macrumors 6502

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    Would be hard to prove in a court of law, and I also think T-Mobile's attempt to rename their network is pathetic. What happens when they deploy their next generation network?
     
  19. xenuprime macrumors 6502

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    I haven't seen the commercial with the odd looking girl yet, but I have seen one with a really hot girl :D
     
  20. jlw2387 macrumors member

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    I don't get all this advertising regarding "4G". Since when is 3MBps not fast enough for a cell phone? And I'd rather have 3G and great coverage than "4G" and horrible coverage.
     
  21. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Was the sound on where you saw it? It's clearly making fun of AT&T.

    In fact, the ad makes it very obvious that T-Mobile really really wants Apple to bring the iPhone to T-Mobile.

    How would "poking fun at Apple" help them with that goal?
     
  22. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I guess thats what companies that cant afford to deploy LTE do.
    We will call our 3G network 4G and our Edge service 3G:D
     
  23. TheAppleGeek macrumors 6502a

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    Silly T-Mobile...
     
  24. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    Hmmm...sure, that part is....but I wouldn't say everything is BS.
     

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