The Next MacBook Pro? Tesco should be Sued!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MrT8064, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. MrT8064 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, Here in the UK the biggest supermarket chain is Tesco;

    I was wandering around the other day, when i spotted an advert, which looked slightly MacBook Proish. On closer inspection, the keyboard and speakers were directly stolen from a 15" MacBook Pro, and the Touch Pad was replaced my a massive (Multi Touch) Touch Pad, the lines of the notebook were also fiddled arround with quite a lot;

    but in essence this is a photoshopped MacBook Pro, is this legal?

    http://att.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=110102&stc=1&d=1206973761

    Sorry for the pictures bad quality, It will be great when the iPhone gets a better camera!
     

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  2. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    As Tesco's own the Earth and all souls upon it, it'd be silly to sue them. :apple:
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Apple stuff gets ripped off all the time for faceless products in advertising, I don't think Apple would bother wasting their time with it, and indeed I wouldn't expect them to. It would just be pathetic and petty.

    I mean really, it's just a silver laptop, it has no distinguishing features other than being fairly slim and obviously made of a silver metal.
     
  4. MrT8064 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmmm, i am just interested as they have clearly stolen the design from apple, and there is not an apple logo on there what so ever, so theres no benefit for apple!

    well, i suppose the TescoBook Pro doesnt have a Superdrive, iSight or infra red. but its not all bad, it must have a magnetic latch, and muti touch!
     
  5. joefinan macrumors 6502a

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    Nothing illegal about this at all. It's just Tesco's attempt to have a 'generic' computer - not a Mac, not a PC.

    If they were actually building and selling computers like this then yes, there would be an issue.

    This sort of thing goes on in ads all the time. Just look at any ad for car products (insurance etc.) - they're almost always de-badged and have a different grill or something. Just a few subtle changes so that it's not any car in particular.
     
  6. MrT8064 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. Zel macrumors regular

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    Apple probably knows about it and is charging tesco some money for the use of their product. I've seen a dozen MBP's in advertisements recently, whenever the advertizer wants a generic but cool looking computer they use an MBP.
     
  8. MrT8064 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well, i really do like tescos multitouch pad, i wonder if they have a patent on this:rolleyes:
    having the clicker at the side might be a great idea
     
  9. digitalnicotine macrumors 65816

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    Man that touchpad is HUGE! I can't imagine typing and not constantly hitting it? That would drive me nuts.
     
  10. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Who cares?
    Tesco isn't going to make any more money because this ad is using a computer that looks like a Mac. If this was the case then perhaps there'd be something to care about. There's no Apple logo so there's no foul.
     
  11. PowerBookRelic macrumors 6502

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    I see MBP/PB in so many advertisements, and you cannot forget movies. I just saw an add earlier about yellowbook.com (USA) where they use a comp that looks like a MBP... It is good for us because the advertisers want to pick the most attractive product out there, which is what we are typing on right now..
     
  12. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    I see that the superdrive has clearly been photoshoped out. There is a blurry line where the superdrive is. :p
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yes it can be considered a violation of a patent, but I don't think Apple really cares about this stuff. More free advertisement for them! I mean we saw this and immediately linked it to the MBP.
     
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    Tesco is the largest super market branch in the UK
     
  16. alphaod macrumors Core

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    So it's not like they computers or anything. They just didn't want to violate any trademarks... :rolleyes:
     
  17. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    whats a UK?

    j/k

    so its sorta like winn dixie?

    just food or is it more like walmart?
     
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    Hahaha, that was very funny. Especially the comment about the war lasting five hours. That's almost as much time as it took the Germans to invade our country ! :p
     
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    Also a sign that some lawyer is going to be able to make his next few years of Bentley lease payments on time.
     
  22. timimbo85 macrumors regular

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    they cant be sued because this is not a direct photograph of an apple product. It is an obvious (poorly) photoshopped MBP. Apple holds a patent on existing design and product, not imaginary design, plus that thing is so ugly, apple would look like crap if they actually cared about this ad.
     
  23. spatlese44 macrumors 6502

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    a parallel

    Yet another parallel between Apple and Mercedes. "Generic" silhouettes of cars often look like Mercedes Benz's. Common worldwide, with design cues that are often copied by other manufactures, Mercedes tends to keep models the same for long periods of time, and despite what's under the hood, they look like your average car, albiet maybe a little nicer one. In contrast, a PT Cruiser or Hummer wouldn't be things I would identify with. Says something about the popularity of Apple.
     
  24. tip macrumors 6502

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    Tesco is not selling a house brand laptop that looks like a MBP. If they did, and it looked like it does in the picture, then perhaps they can be sued.

    However, in this usage, it's fine. There are tons of advertisements that use a MBP (or PowerBook), but have been altered. Most of these are in Apple/Mac related magazines, actually.
     

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