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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