Nokia gives free phone to filmmaker whose work was stolen by Apple

Nokia gives free phone to filmmaker whose work was stolen by Apple
If the name Casey Neistat sounds familiar to you, you have a great memory. Early last year, we told you that the New York filmmaker had created a video about the dangers of texting while walking. Last month, Neistat made a film showing what he called "the dark side" of waiting in line outside various New York City Apple Stores on the day that the Apple iPhone 5s (and the Apple iPhone 5c) launched. While the length of the film really precludes it from being a real in-depth analysis of why people wait in line for days just to be the first on their block with the latest iPhone, it is still an interesting look at those willing to camp out for the device.

The real problem (notwithstanding the mental condition of the person who slept in front of the Apple Store with his head encased in plastic) is that last week word leaked that Apple had stolen the actual movie, edited it to change the sequences, put some new music in the background, and showed the film to customer service reps to thank them for their hard work during the launch. To make matters worse, Neistat's name was removed from the credits. As far as we know, the filmmaker received nothing from this private showing of his film, not even a letter from CEO Tim Cook.

So along comes Nokia, who along with Microsoft are always the fastest to take advantage of publicity faux pas made by rivals, to reward the filmmaker while at the same time, making Apple look bad. The Finnish based OEM (soon to be a Redmond based OEM) sent Casey a box containing a free Nokia Lumia 1020. With its 41MP PureView snapper, it is the perfect handset for a filmmaker.

Even better was the note attached to the gift, which we have copied for your enjoyment below. Neistat admits to being an Apple fan but says, "I've never had my work stolen so adversely as this. They stripped all my branding off it and put their own name on it in such a harsh way."

source: NewYorkTimes via CNET

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1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Good job Nokia. No, Casey Neistat doesn't ring a bell. PS. I think i saw PAPINYC in the vid. Anyone else?

9. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I see a lot of "Pap"s on here.

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yeah! All the way in the far back!

24. techaman unregistered

no one knows him by name i seen this vid but did not know about it been taken by apple and all that i would sue them.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Good luck. You may or may not win the fight but you'd lose the war. Apple has a ton of money so they can easily get a good lawyer. Course this story screams bs.

40. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

So even if you're in the right, suing Apple is pointless because of their high powered legal team? And you see nothing wrong with that statement? OK then.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

You're talking to a person who would claim Apple was in the right if it was discovered they were making the iPhone out of the bones of orphans they were slaughtering. To him, if Apple does it, it's right.

52. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

he's just brainwashed.

39. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

There are at least two sides to each story. It nice to see the android camp (once again) enter let's lynch someone mode. With the android camp kangaroo court, what's the point of getting to the facts.

46. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What other side was represented in the article you linked. Apple still stole this man's work, removed his credits and used it for their own product. I admit it's not surprising. That's what Apple has always done.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Really????? You're that bored with your vacuous life that you feel the need to awaken me from my beauty sleep by alleging my indelible presence at such a perniciously nocuous gathering by vastly feeble-minded drones? The closest I came to that pathetic line of self-proclaimed, and I quote, "idiots," was that afternoon at around 2:20pm when I snapped the background to my "Profile" pic' (which, incidentally, is Geo-tagged with longitudinal and latitudinal coordinates, as well as, date and time). Click on my pic if you have any doubts. Oh, and I'll reiterate, "these semiAnnual herding practices are quite the disruption to my, otherwise, scenic Fifth Avenue views. I'll be glad when another hurricane comes through here and takes that glass cube along with it!"

2. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Apple stealing something? Haha yeah right!

8. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Of course they wouldn't. It is actually Mr. Neistat that stole Apple's video and edited it for his own nefarious purposes. Here we have a short video about it (cue johnny ives).

28. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Lol. Thats most definitely how it happened.

3. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Apple, don't be stealing people's work. It makes you no better than Samsung. Please leave hate comments below. Thanks :D

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I find it funny that the article mentioned nothing about Samsung and you're the one that had to bring it up. Congrats on being the troll for this article.

22. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

No problem. Just cuz the article doesn't mention Samsung- doesn't mean I cannot talk about it. The truth stays the truth, no matter how many times you try to prove it to be false. I had to bring it up, because its quite ironic---Apple accuses Samsung of copying, but now they are copying others. So yeah I expressed my thought, if thats is considered being a troll. Then yes I am a troll.

29. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

+1 to you sir!

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Everyone has their fair share of copying its called progress or business depending on your angle only the self righteous Apple inc make it an issue. And the Apple fans and hater waging war over the smallest details while Apple inc. continue to make their billions whether you like them or not. Apple is not an innovator but one of the largest OEM, they buy every parts in large quantity in the lowest possible price. They have zero production or manufacturer capacity unlike Samsung that has a wide product catalogue and their own design and manufacturing arms. Only a stupid Apple fan who mind has been disfunctional would look down on them.

47. tedkord

Posts: 17514; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except Apple didn't copy here. They didn't go out and film identical footage. They flat out stole it. It would only be equivalent if Samsung took parts of the iPhone and put them into a Galaxy phone.

54. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

I considered copying to be equivalent to stealing to some extent if it pertains to an idea. Its like saying I just got an awesome idea for a research paper, but my classmate steals the idea and does his own paper. Even though, our papers are written individually with different content, it still means he/she copied---stole my idea. So yeah Apple flat out stole, but copying of ideas is also stealing to some extent. Though copying is good for us consumers because it opens our worlds to a wide range of markets. If "scrolling" of multi-touch was only found on the iPhone, and all other phones has physical buttons, then I'd be bummed. So Apple and Samsung can take it to the courts, but I'm ok as long as I get what I want from my product.

65. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

An Iphone has nothing but Samsung parts in it including the RAM. Without Samsung where would Iphones be? The only thing the Apple really truly owns in the phone is the OS. Even that's not quite up to par. lol Iphone is nothing but a glorified Samsung phone Iphone users might as well get an Android. lol

55. splus

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

"But now Apple is copying others"? "Now"??? Apple has been stealing left and right from its very beginning! And has so many times plain stolen from small app developers and authors. What cave do you live in that you think Apple only "now" started copying and stealing?? Sorry, but you're a plain fanboy/troll who ignores one's faults and points at faults of others.

59. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Will you explain to me in what way I was being a fanboy b/c I expressed problems with both Apple and Samsung, so I don't see how I'm leaning to one side in this argument. My post stays how both companies have stolen. AND don't go criticizing people over a small word b/c it conflicts with you. (I'm not justifying anything for Apple here-)Sure Apple may have stole in the past, but I didn't see it in the 7 o'clock news/or sites I check--so I didn't know. If your gonna prove it, then please do so.

62. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Hah.. right well except Apple copied TONS from not just this poor casey dude, but also google's Android system, their own plaform's cydia devs, Nokia lumia phones etc. So realize that when you point a finger, 3 are pointing right back at you.

25. techaman unregistered

apple stop stealing everyones ideas and saying there yours. after 6 months. lol apple suck great job nokia.

5. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Casey and his brother had a show on HBO. Called "the Neistat brothers". I remember him from that....

6. MrsPotatoHead

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

This is obviously made up by them Apple haters, Apple aint steal nothing.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

You are emotionally weak.

10. MrsPotatoHead

Posts: 48; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Just because I dont believe them lies it dont make me weak.

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