Not many things in the world that can make me giddy with excitement, but a few come to mind right now: the births of my kid, seeing my wife, the next Batman movie, and Apple being told to publicly apologize. It is no secret that Apple has been on a crusade to publicly paint Samsung as a slavish copier of its iPad design with their Galaxy Tab line of tablets, with court cases in the UK, the US, and elsewhere in the world. Now a UK judge has ruled that Apple must make a public apology, both on its UK company website and in numerous newspapers and magazines, for the next 6 months. The apology must state that Samsung didn’t copy Apple’s iPad designs.
Apple is of course not too pleased, and in fact one of their lawyers said that the order means that Apple will have to publish “an advertisement” for Samsung and is prejudicial to the company. He told the court, “No company likes to refer to a rival on its website.”
Well, then Apple maybe you shouldn’t keep trying to recover from your losses in the market share by means of litigation. This of course brings to mind the famous scene from A Fish Called Wanda, when Kevin Kline (Otto) is holding John Cleese (Archie) out the window and making him apologize for insulting Otto:
[Otto dangling Archie out of a window]
Archie: All right, all right, I apologize.
Otto: You’re really sorry?
Archie: I’m really really sorry. I apologize unreservedly.
Otto: You take it back?
Archie: I do. I offer a complete and utter retraction. The imputation was totally without basis in fact, and was in no way fair comment, and was motivated purely by malice, and I deeply regret any distress that my comments may have caused you or your family, and I hereby undertake not to repeat any such slander at any time in the future.
And if you need that in a visual, see the video below. And for the full details on the UK judge’s ruling see the Bloomberg article.