Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 12:20 UTC
Legal This make me a sad little facepalming unicorn. Apple has just slapped the open source home server project Amahi with a cease and desist letter about the project's use of the term 'app store' - stop using the term, or face Cupertino's army of lawyers. Note: Please help me find out what 'Mac App' is, a supposed Apple product from 1985 - the first citation of the term 'app' in the Oxford English Dictionary. Another note: Okay I should've guessed that publications from that time could still correct company's horrid camel case spelling without unleashing the wrath of fanboys - it's MacApp, not Mac App. Gra├žias, guys!
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RE[2]: How dare Apple
by Jennimc on Wed 22nd Jun 2011 21:08 UTC in reply to "RE: How dare Apple"
Jennimc
Member since:
2011-06-22

Steve Jobs coined the term "app"


No, it was "app store"


one of his many amazing achievements, like when he invented the mouse!


not necessarily amazing however legitimately theres and something not to be copied... or is only Apple's trademarks allowed to be copied as far as this site is concerned. I forget.


The term "app" was being used to refer to computer applications at least a decade and a half before the Apple app store.

But the term isn't app but rather "App Store"

By your logic, the OSnews name should be available for everyone to use as they see fit as the words OS and News were around long before this site's creators used it in their name.

Edited 2011-06-22 21:12 UTC

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RE[3]: How dare Apple
by kompak on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 13:28 in reply to "RE[2]: How dare Apple"
kompak Member since:
2011-06-14

By your logic, the OSnews name should be available for everyone to use as they see fit as the words OS and News were around long before this site's creators used it in their name.


I don't know about US but atleast here in Finland you would have zero chance defending a trademark like OSnews. You can't trademark anything describing your products or line of business. In example Windows is trademarkable because Microsoft is a software company. If it would be a window manufacturer then they couldn't get such a trademark for their products.

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