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Apple Ripped Off Stanley Kubrick, Says Samsung

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This nerdy litigation just got even nerdier.

As Apple and Samsung continue to duke it out over the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the case has taken a very interesting turn -- and film geeks are rejoicing. After claiming that Apple took some visual liberties when comparing the look of the Galaxy Tab to the iPad, Samsung has alleged that Apple didn't create the design at all. The original look of the iPad, in fact, comes from Stanley Kubrick's classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey.

According to FOSS Patents, Samsung filed its opposition brief in their defense against Apple's motion for a preliminary injunction. And within that brief, the company included a screenshot from the 1968 film alongside the greatest defense this side of blaming it all on Tony, the little boy who lives in Danny's mouth.

Attached hereto as Exhibit D is a true and correct copy of a still image taken from Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film "2001: A Space Odyssey." In a clip from that film lasting about one minute, two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers. The clip can be downloaded online at As with the design claimed by the D'889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table's surface), and a thin form factor.

It's an entertaining counterargument, but Apple is probably readying this retort -- delivered with unsettingly calm, monotone timbre:

"I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over."

Then again, in Samsung's defense, Apple is still enjoying a pretty lengthy fling with "pods."

(See also: BlackBerry Ad Accidentally Features, Promotes Android and Apple's iPad 2 Twice as Fast as HP's TouchPad -- Even When Running webOS!)

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