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Apple To Pay $21 Million For The Swiss Clock Design They… Borrowed

When iOS 6 came out, it didn’t take too long for the Swiss Federal Railway to take particular notice of the design of the clock. See, it turns out that particular design was theirs, created in the 1940’s by Hans Hilfiker, and Apple hadn’t asked for permission to use it, or even offered compensation. Granted, it was probably unintentional, but the Swiss wanted to get paid anyway. And they did eventually, in a settlement that has now been revealed to be in the amount of $21 Million. That works out to about $0.10 per iOS 6 device, though there aren’t enough details to determine if that’s how the number was reached. $21 Million however is a drop in the bucket of the Swiss Federal Railway’s $8.2 billion in revenue (2010), so the settlement is mostly a matter of principle than anything else.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]