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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How about "Windows"
by Sabon on Mon 21st Mar 2011 23:25 UTC
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How about "Windows". That's a very generic term. What OS doesn't have Windows and Microsoft certainly create the first windowing OS. Neither did Apple. That was done at PARC if not somewhere before that.

So ... let's yank the Windows trademark.

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RE: How about "Windows"
by Macrat on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 00:00 in reply to "How about "Windows""
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How about "Windows". That's a very generic term.

Remember what happened to the Lindows OS?

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RE: How about "Windows"
by tomcat on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 01:01 in reply to "How about "Windows""
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So ... let's yank the Windows trademark.

Actually, you could take them to court. But, you would need standing -- some legitimate reason why the Windows mark should be revoked.

Edited 2011-03-22 01:03 UTC

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RE: How about "Windows"
by gedmurphy on Tue 22nd Mar 2011 08:02 in reply to "How about "Windows""
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How about "Windows". That's a very generic term.

'Windows' doesn't describe what the product is. If Windows was called 'Operating System' then you would have a fair point, but there's a hell of a lot more to the Windows operating system than the windowing UI. Some would argue that's less than 1% of the product.

App Store is exactly what it is. It's like trying to copyright the term 'motor vehicle'.

Edited 2011-03-22 08:03 UTC

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RE[2]: How about "Windows"
by jackeebleu on Wed 23rd Mar 2011 00:27 in reply to "RE: How about "Windows""
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It's about trademark, not copyright. Learn something: A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. A Copyright protects original creative works such as books, movies, songs, paintings, photographs, websites and choreography. As a copyright owner, you can control how your work is reproduced, distributed and presented publicly.

Under your logic it's ok for all facial tissues to be called Kleenex despite the fact that competing vendors in the marketplace make facial tissues in the same style boxes and shapes. The reason that Kleenex is synonymous with the segment is due to the efforts of Kimberly-Clark, just as is the case of "Xerox" and "Sticky Note" and "Scotch Tape".

It's as though you guys believe that if something seems obvious now, it should have always been done and anyone else can just come along and use it. If you really tell the truth to yourself and even do your digging, you'll realize that Apple did indeed bring "Apps" into the current lexicon.

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