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because it is not the same object but a clone... remember: == checks if the reference points to the same object in memory, equals() checks if the objects are having the same state.
if firstObj == secondObj would be true, then the clone operation would actualy just return a reference to itself... which is not the intent. clone() should return a new object with the same state as the object you called clone() on.