Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Mar 2011 23:00 UTC
Legal There's a scene in American Beauty where Kevin Spacey masturbates in the shower, while his voice-over states: "This will be the highlight of my day. It's all downhill from here." That's how I feel right now. We just had Microsoft suing Barnes & Noble, which was already pretty low to begin with, but Apple just upped the ante by suing Amazon... Over the 'app store' trademark. For the love of god.
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Using your logic, Microsoft should lose their trademark Windows then. I'm all for that.

Oh for god's sakes, why is this so difficult to understand? You are not following her logic. An operating system can be named... well, just about anything. Android, Kubuntu, Medibuntu - I guess for every letter of the alphabet you could find an OS name. Windows is just as good as any, because it's an arbitrary name for an OS. However, an app store is ... well, an app store. Trademarking appstore prevents others referring to... well, an appstore (I guess you could call it "online software shop" but it doesn't exactly roll off your toungue, does it?)by it's common term. This is equivalent of Microsoft trademarking "Operating System."

That's the problem with this lawsuit.

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