Delta Emulator changes logo after Adobe legal threat

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The developer behind Delta has been threatened with legal action by Adobe, forcing the game emulator to change its icon.

Adobe's logo [left], Delta's new icon [middle], Delta's old icon [right]
Adobe's logo [left], Delta's new icon [middle], Delta's old icon [right]



On Friday, the Delta game emulator updated its icon to something a bit unusual. Instead of an incomplete triangle that represents its namesake, the fourth Greek letter delta, the icon's top section appears to have been broken off and shifted to one side.

In a Mastodon post, the change is explained by the threat of legal action. Rather than a competing app marketplace or an app developer, the challenge instead came from Creative Cloud maker Adobe.

In the post, as well as the App Store listing for Delta, it is claimed that Adobe "is threatening legal action because they think our logos are too similar - so we changed it!"

The new version is an "inspired design" by Caroline Moore, which somewhat parodies the original Delta logo.

AppleInsider has contacted Adobe for comment.

The change of logo is unfortunate, especially since the App Store has started to allow emulators to be submitted. Delta is a major name in the emulation field on iPhone, and changing branding like a logo could be especially damaging at such an important time.



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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    DAalsethDAalseth Posts: 2,829member
    Well if the blue one on the right was their old logo they should have expected this.
    thtbandits1StrangeDaysAlex1NjeffharrisAniMillwatto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 8
    jimh2jimh2 Posts: 639member

    The change of logo is unfortunate, especially since the App Store has started to allow emulators to be submitted. Delta is a major name in the emulation field on iPhone, and changing branding like a logo could be especially damaging at such an important time. 

    The product is free and you search the store by name so I doubt it will hurt "sales".
    Alex1Nwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 8
    chadbagchadbag Posts: 2,007member
    There is more than a passing resemblance (and based on the name probably coincidental).  I’d have just shifted the break to a different side.   
    Alex1Nwatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 2,835member
    Publicity stunt. It worked. 

    The uppercase delta symbol is a complete triangle with two thick sides and one thin side. 

    Lowercase looks like a zero with a backward “7” on top. 

    They likely copied the Adobe brandmark to profit off brand confusion as well as gaining the publicity from articles like this. 

    I know I’d never have discovered them otherwise. 
    michelb76watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    MplsPMplsP Posts: 3,963member
    DAalseth said:
    Well if the blue one on the right was their old logo they should have expected this.
    Agreed. Perhaps it was a publicity stunt, as suggested above, but either way there's no way they should have expected Adobe to let it slide or expected to prevail in court.
    Been using Delta for a few years now, side load with Alt Store, doesn't matter if they are forced to change the icon, still a great App.
    I get it, it's similar, no big deal to change the logo, and many people can't even understand what Delta simulator does or is for.  

    adobe on the other hand has gone to (crap emoji) become bloat-ware. Imagine being such a dinosaur you are backing adobe? (laugh emoji)

    this forum that can't handle basic emoji's in 2024 is the real laugh here.  (wink)
    🙄 umm, you're full of 💩. Apple Insider has always allowed emojis. I think your 🧠 is in a bit of a 😶‍🌫️
    DAalsethwatto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 8
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 6,435member
    Been using Delta for a few years now, side load with Alt Store, doesn't matter if they are forced to change the icon, still a great App.
    I get it, it's similar, no big deal to change the logo, and many people can't even understand what Delta simulator does or is for.  

    adobe on the other hand has gone to (crap emoji) become bloat-ware. Imagine being such a dinosaur you are backing adobe? (laugh emoji)

    this forum that can't handle basic emoji's in 2024 is the real laugh here.  (wink)
    🤡🤡🤡
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 8
    Maybe Adobe's lawyers don't have enough work?  

    Seems similar to the old-time lawsuit from Apple (records, ie former Beatles) against Apple (Computer) decades ago.  

    Believe I've seen similar icons to that used as Adobe's logo (some over 50 years ago).  

    watto_cobra
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