Myth: Copyright Theft, Apple Stole GUI from Xerox PARC Alto
Xerox sued because Apple stole GUI from PARC
Why else would Xerox sue Apple for $150 million for copyright infringement if Apple did not steal GUI from PARC?
Anyone can make any claim in court. In this case, Xerox lost the case. The U.S. Federal court dismissed all of Xerox’s copyright claims seeking damages against Apple.
After Apple sued Microsoft and HP for copyright infringement of GUI elements that are similar to those used in Apple computers (look and feel lawsuits), Xerox accuses Apple of unlawfully using Xerox copyrights in its Macintosh and Lisa computers. Xerox’s new CEO wanted to get paid in case Apple won its copyright lawsuits. The lawsuit is more relevant to the fact that Xerox received no royalties or financial earnings from Apple besides the Apple stock deal.
Apple response: “Apple intends to prove in court that the audio-visual expressions in the Lisa and Macintosh interfaces were wholly original to Apple and duly registered with the copyright office.” 
The outcome of the Xerox vs. Apple lawsuit pretty much confirms what the Apple attorney said in court in its motion for dismissal: “Xerox’s asserting that it had originated the Macintosh was as preposterous as a beaver taking credit for the Hoover Dam.” 
The New York Times, March 24, 1990: “A Federal judge today dismissed almost all the closely watched copyright lawsuit filed by the Xerox Corporation against Apple Computer Inc. In what appears to be a sweeping victory for Apple, Judge Vaughn R. Walker of the Federal District Court in San Francisco threw out five of the six counts in Xerox’s lawsuit, saying, in essence, that Xerox’s complaints were inappropriate for a variety of legal reasons.” 
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