Amplify the Obvious

Amplifying the obvious about tech and tech commentary
~ Sunday, August 21 ~


Steve Jobs: Good artists copy great artists steal

Steve Jobs, back in the day:

Ultimately it comes down to taste. It comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done and then try to bring those things in to what you’re doing. I mean Picasso had a saying he said good artists copy great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.

Apple press release, 2010:

“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.”

Related link: The Love Affair Between Steve Jobs and Pablo Picasso

(Footnote: I’ve never been able to verify that Picasso quote, but I know for a fact that T.S. Eliot said it: “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.”)

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~ Saturday, August 6 ~

Borrowing software ideas

The example below, where John Gruber was accusing Google of copying Apple is a good illustration of why I think “copying” software is more of a good thing than bad.

In coming up with a 3 column layout, Apple seems to have ‘borrowed’ an idea from Microsoft. Apple also seems to have borrowed showing email as conversations from Gmail. Gmail borrowed the 3 column layout from someone, since both MS and Apple are already using it. And for all I know, other email programs already had features that appear in Gmail and Outlook and Apple Mail.

I don’t see how anyone was hurt by any of this - and since both Gmail and Apple Mail were made better by their borrowing, users are better off.

And if you are really against copying software, you should be just as upset with Apple as you are with Google. 

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