Steve Jobs Video On The Rise Of Macintosh: “Good artists copy, Great artists steal”
Life is full of contradictions and Apple, along with CEO Steve Jobs, is no different it would appear. In the lawsuit Apple brought forth yesterday against HTC, Steve Jobs wrote:
"We can sit by and watch competitors steal our patented inventions, or we can do something about it. We’ve decided to do something about it," said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. "We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."
I wonder if Steve remembers back to a 1996 interview where he says that “It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things humans have done and try to bring those things in to what you are doing”. Steve goes on to quote Picasso: “Good artists copy, Great artists steal”. In the video below, the look Steve gives the interviewer is priceless before he goes on to say:
“We have always been shameless in stealing great ideas…”
Steve says that Part of what made the Macintosh great is that the people working on it were “Musicians, poets, ARTISTS, zoologists, historians, who also happened to be the best computer scientists…”
So I think that HTC has an excellent chance of beating this lawsuit brought forth by Apple if they can only prove that their “Computer Scientists” were once “Musicians, poets, ARTISTS, zoologists, historians”!
Enjoy the Video.
There is a musical about the signing of the (US) Declaration of Independence called “1776.” Ben Franklin as the following line (the musical used real lines from historical characters, but I cannot confirm that Franklin truly said this): A rebellion is always legal in the first person, such as “our rebellion.” It is only in the third person – “their rebellion” – that it becomes illegal.
So it’s okay if Apple does it to others, but not when others do it to Apple. That’s how my 5-year-old works. So I say unto Steve: Wah.