In a new twist it seems that a Brit by the name of Kane Kramer, 52, actually came up with the idea some 30 years ago when he was only 23. To add insult to injury, Apple actually admits Mr. Kane is the inventor, but the man has not received one penny for his invention.
After some legal wrangling by Apple, Kramer may be getting some type of compensation from the company. According to this article it states that:
Mr Kramer, of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, said: ‘I was up a ladder painting when I got the call from a lady with an American accent from Apple saying she was the head of legal affairs and that they wanted to acknowledge the work that I had done.
‘I must admit that at first I thought it was a wind-up by friends. But we spoke for some time, with me still up this ladder slightly bewildered by it all, and she said Apple would like me to come to California to talk to them.
He is now negotiating with Apple to gain some compensation from the copyright that he owns on the drawings.
But so far he has received only a consultancy fee for providing his expertise in the legal case.
One would hope that after selling some 163 million iPods, that Apple would in fact compensate the man properly. It is amazing it has taken all these years to even get this man some money for his invention.