The great Apple co-founder Steve Jobs once famously quoted Pablo Picasso in a documentary. "Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal," he proudly said.
For the generation that saw the late innovator bickering with Google, HTC and others for patent rights in his final few years, it may come as a surprise that he actually endorsed the plagiarism of technology earlier in his career. Of course, it suited him then.
Then, there was this one too:
"We [Apple] have always been shameless about stealing great ideas," Jobs once admitted smugly, suggesting that it's fine to steal art and technology if it results in a better end product than your competitors.
But then he came up with the brigade of the slick, attractive iPods and iPads that changed his entire philosophy on creativity and art. Not so fast though. Here are some features that Apple marketed as its own but were present in some form or the other before Mr. Jobs cashed in on all the credit.
Once Apple got a taste of its own medicine, Jobs took a 180 degree turn on the subject. After Google launched Android, he had this to say:
"I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
And on a similar feud with HTC, he added: "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. We think competition is healthy, but competitors should create their own original technology, not steal ours."