Fake In India: Freedom 251 makers justify copying Apple’s designs

The Freedom 251 released by Noida-based company Ringing Bells, is the world’s cheapest smartphone. It costs Rs. 251 — approximately $4 — and raises more questions than answers.

The phone, which, the company says will be pre-loaded with Government of India apps like Swacch Bharat, blatantly violates Apple copyright. All the icons of the built-in app are a pixel-to-pixel copy of Apple’s iOS icons. Here’s a screenshot below for comparison.

When the Hindustan Times asked the company about possible copyright violation, Ringing Bells technical head Vikas Sharma said: “We used Apple’s icons because Apple hasn’t copyrighted its designs.”

This, of course, is completely untrue. Apple has patents for everything — including the rounded edges of the rectangular screen of the iPad — and its app icons are copyrighted too.

-More at HindustanTimes


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