report has noted the presence of the term ‘SoSuMi’ in the source code for the page on which Apple’s Samsung Statement appears, initially suggesting that the company was sticking a metaphorical finger up at the UK legal system.
Of course that isn’t the case, although use of the term is said to have its foundation in an ancient case between
Apple Corps v Apple Computer. Sosumi was an Apple system sound created by Apple engineer Jim Reekes, he
relates the story about how the name came about in this article on BoingBoing.
“So, upon hearing I had to change the name of my new beep, I immediately thought of the perfect name, “Let it Beep”. Of course, I was joking but it was brilliant right? As everyone was laughing, someone even took me seriously and said I could never get away with that! I said, “so sue me” and that’s when I realized my scheme. I told Sheila the new name would be spelled “s-o-s-u-m-i”. I asked she return the message to legal, but not to use voicemail (since she’d have to pronounce it) and instead send an email with some story about it being Japanese and not meaning anything musical. (so I don’t know what she actually told them).”
SoSuMi has evolved into the name of a CSS typographical style used by Apple for legal notices such as copyright and as such it appears on the page that relates to the legal battle between Apple and Samsung.
This weekend Apple amended the court-ruled statement on its website, the dedicated page now features two paragraphs of text explain the ruling, rather than additional paragraphs of text about the favorable rulings in other countries. Last week Apple was given two days to amend Samsung Statement due to ‘non-compliance’ with court order.
In addition, a more detailed explanation of the existence of the statement also appears on the home page of the Apple UK website. However, Apple has come under fire for apparently hiding this text below the fold. To achieve this
www.apple.co.uk and scroll down. Is Apple in contempt of court? Probably not, that code appears on the home page of every country variant of the Apple site and is likely designed to improve focus on the product Apple is highlighting (the iPad mini).
However, when UK visitors visit
www.apple.com they used to be redirected to the UK site, now they enter the US site. By stopping the redirect, is Apple in contempt of court?
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