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Earlier in the week Apple was rebuked by a UK court of appeal for publishing a "non-compliant" statement about Samsung's Galaxy Tabs not infringing, but willfully copying the iPad. The company was required to correct its statement, and the revised version started appearing in British newspapers yesterday.

Today, inside the 48 hour window required by the court, Apple has updated its UK site to include the following text in a large, 14.6-pixel-high font --

On 25 October 2012, Apple Inc. published a statement on its UK website in relation to Samsung's Galaxy tablet computers. That statement was inaccurate and did not comply with the order of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. The correct statement is at Samsung/Apple UK judgement.

The presence and content of the message isn't all that surprising, but the large font size required by the court makes the revised statement rather impactful. Despite being at the bottom of the main page at apple.com/uk, it clearly stands out from the rest of the content, something Apple can't be happy about.

This is just the latest development in a long and winding legal battle between Apple and Samsung. In the UK, it was ruled that Samsung's Galaxy Tab didn't copy the iPad, and Apple was ordered to place statements and take out ads to correct the impression that Samsung has copied its tablet. The first version of that statement referenced cases in Germany and the U.S., where courts found in Apple's favor, and following their publication, the appeals court ruled that Apple must correct these statements in at least 11-point font.

The page linked to on Apple's site doesn't stray too far from the content of yesterday's newspaper ads -- just the findings of the court, with no added snark.

In order to comply with the court's ruling, he statement on Apple's site must remain in place for one month.

Source: Apple UK

 
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Apple admits to 'inaccurate' Samsung statement on its UK site

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The judge should of hit them with a contempt charge with further penalties. The apology should also include a link to Samsung's site.

Page is dynamically resized such that irrespective of what resolution or screen size you have the Legal Notice always requires a scroll down.

Apple still don't really say sorry, it is just a statement saying that the court ruled that some of Samsung's products do not copy Apple's. Still not good enough imo.

They were never required to say sorry. It is unlikely they would be compelled to do that. The statement is not meant to be a punishment or retribution, it is meant to be a statement of fact to go some way to undoing the harm caused to Samsung with their pre-judgement communications to the media, distributors, retails outlets and customers that the Samsung device was a copy and was illegal.

The thinking, I presume, is to stop a corporation getting a partial win by spreading FUD or misinformation even when they are in the wrong and lose a case.

The pettiness of Apple is boundless. That re-sizing code has no chance against my NoScript though, but even with no javascript enabled, one still need a monitor with higher res than 1920x1080.

Just to be clear, Apple NEVER had to apologize. They just need to say that Samsung did not copy the iPad. I don't know why everyone think Apple should apologize even though the judge did not told them to do that.

On the other hand, I still do not like what they did with the ad. Specifically:
"do notinfringe Apple’s Community registered design No. 0000181607-0001"
What the hell is this crap? They're still trying to hide that information that basically states that Samsung did not copy the iPad. Instead, they tried to obscure it. Not only that, if people want to read the results, did you guys see how the link to the statement is this rather long url? It's Apple. They could have made a short link but by making the link long, most people won't bother with it. Damn you Apple.

If Samsung is ever forced to publish an apology, Apply can will sue, because Apple did it first!