via GIZMODO: Samsung Cites 2001: A Space Odyssey Against Apple in Greatest Legal Defense of All Time (Updated):
Apple is giving Samsung a legal pummelingbecause it thinks the latter stole the iPad's design for the Galaxy Tab. So far, the fight's going well for Apple. But Samsung has something up its sleeve: Apple ripped off science fiction.
[... Samsung argues] the idea for the iPad existed back in 1968, when Stanley Kubrick dreamed up his sci fi classic. And in American patent law, if the idea existed before your patent application—what's known as prior art—your patent is null. So essentially, Samsung is pulling a hell of a legal maneuver here, alleging they couldn't possibly have stolen the iPad's design, because Apple took it from an imaginary science fiction movie space station:
Check out the clip from 2001: A Space Odyssey:
Looks like a couple of iPads to me! More proof of the oncoming Terminator Apocalypse ... i.e., iPad = Hal = evil computer = death to all humans. It's pretty self-explanatory.