These are NOT the logos of Medium AirBNB, Flipboard, and Beats(twitter.com)

over 5 years ago from Bady Qb, Designer.

  • David ThornDavid Thorn, over 5 years ago

    Copyrights, patents, trademarks are all based on the idea that every idea is a snowflake. Lawsuits have been waged for pettier matters.

    Don't think these 4 have anything to worry about though.

    0 points
    • Jordan RomanoffJordan Romanoff, over 5 years ago (edited over 5 years ago )

      Er, not exactly. Thats one way of framing it, but it ignores the work that people invest in building up ideas, systems, etc. I think its possible to acknowledge that ideas are built upon others while still maintaining that the creator has made a significant contribution and should likely be rewarded for their work. These logos are obviously a poor example.

      If you're curious, this paper on patents and innovation is pretty interesting: http://www.gwern.net/docs/2016-moser.pdf

      3 points
    • Mike Wilson, over 5 years ago

      That's actually one of the topics that Everything is a Remix took on. They make a pretty strong case that in many industries--say Tech for example--patents/trademarks/etc are innovation killers and actually a giant drag on the economy. You end up with a bunch of mega-corp incumbents building giant patent castles with a moat of lawyers around it trying to stave off any disruption/competition. Instead of coming up with the next great thing, resources are being wasted fighting over inane BS like "who owns the shape of this metal screen?"

      4 points