As Apple files its case against Samsung in the Netherlands, claims of tampered visual evidence are again making the rounds around the blogosphere. This time the Samsung Galaxy S looks to be the victim of resizing, making the phone appear more similar to the iPhone 3GS at first glance. While there are some striking visual similarities between the two smartphones, in reality the Galaxy S is both longer and wider than the iPhone.
Accusations of misleading visual evidence first arose with Apple’s suit in Germany over the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a case based solely on the outward appearance of Samsung’s tablet in comparison to the iPad. The BBC reports that though evidence in the court filing appeared to be manipulated, the judge presiding over the case had a chance to examine both slates in person. The Netherlands case, however, is a bit more far reaching with Apple going after both the hardware and software designs.
Unlike the German case, Samsung had the opportunity to defend itself against Apple’s claims and pointed out a history of misleading evidence. The evidence in support of these claims apparently wasn’t enough to sway the court in Samsung’s favor. Though the misrepresentation of Samsung’s devices in these court filings do seem problematic, it is hard to determine the intentions of the visual evidence without context.