Korea Times reported that Samsung has joined a growing chorus of companies who want a peak at the source code for iOS. Apple says “that’ insane”, but eventually Apple might have to comply with the request—if a court orders them to.
In this case Samsung wants a peek into iOS 6 to show that Apple used one of its patents in Notification Center. Google and Motorola also want Apple to cough up the goods and Apple had promised to do so, I guess they just keep conveniently forgetting to do it.
Of course is hesitant to turn over iOS (and OS X) source code. Those are part of the “secret sauce” that make Apple products special. It’s a double-edged sword isn’t it though? The source code could show that Apple didn’t infringe on the patents, but that also means Google, Motorola, and Samsung get a peek inside and could steal things of their own. Sure that would spawn more lawsuits, but that might be a risk worth taking. On the other hand the source code could show that Apple did infringe on the patents and Samsung, et al. still could steal things for themselves.
This isn’t just being caught between a rock and a hard place, it’s being caught between a rock and a hard place with an avalanche of rocks coming down.
Scales of Justice by mikecogh from Flickr.