March 30, 2012, 10:28 AM —
Image credit: Apple
NBC Universal website for a new reality series is caught stealing Apple's logo for Xcode, their software for app developers.
Yes, the same NBC supporting SOPA with comments like, "content theft on the Internet, which is a major threat to the strength of our business," and, "tidal wave of content theft." Guess NBC only considers TV shows as content, but icons developed by others are fair game. Or they are learning that draconian stances for content theft can bite them, too.
Likely, some Web coder at, or hired by, NBC grabbed the icon, maybe from somewhere besides Apple's page. But shouldn't NBC, proud supporter of SOPA, have programs in place to utilize only legally obtained and licensed content on their own websites?
Shame on NBC
Apple doesn't buy stock images from anyone, for anything. It's entirely outside the scope of their business idea. All material they use has to be exclusive, and is created on demand or in-house.
dixxon on thenextweb.com
designers probably googled for "hammer blueprint" or "blueprint icon" so and found this icon in the image results...
Tom Desmet on thenextweb.com
This is copypasta, not intentional infringement. (It's infringement just the same, and should be taken down, but there are mountains and then there are molehills).
jonnathanson on news.ycombinator.com
No comment, so far, from the SOPA-skewered NBC about their respect for the intellectual property of others.