We knew it was too good to be true.
Apple has been granted a stay of execution on a ruling that would have forced it to issue a statement on its UK website openly stating that Samsung did not in fact copy the iPad design at all in developing its Galaxy Tab line of tablets.
It's getting a bit tedious having to say it every time, but for the sake of the nutters it's worth repeating again: we weren't in favour of the original ruling because it was Apple was on the losing side of its legal claim that Samsung copied the iPad. We would have been equally happy had the decision gone the other way.
No, what we approved of – and we're certainly weren't alone, either – was the punishment decided on by Judge Colin Birss: that Apple had to place a notification on its own website for six months, and in the leading UK papers, publicly acknowledging that there was no copying, stealing of ideas or any of that other silliness.
We all felt that if a few more courts could take a similar approach, it might slow down the seemingly endless succession of these kind of claims being made in the first place.
Only it looks like none of that is actually going to happen now, or not for a while at the very least. Another UK court ruled yesterday that Apple can hold off making the embarrassing admission pending an appeal set to be heard in October.
Yes, that's a perfectly fair and normal part of the legal process, and yes should Apple lose the appeal (and exhaust any further recourse its lawyers might have for delaying the matter) it will still have to go through with the public shaming – though at a point when fewer people are likely to care.
But still, I'll bet it's not just me and Judge Birss right now who are thinking: “boo”.
Via The Verge