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[8]: MacApp
by Alfman on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 04:26 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: MacApp"
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"and like it or not, Apple is doing what they legally need to do, it's nothing personal, and if the tables were turned, the small entity/person would do the same thing, and needs to do the same thing."

I (we) understand trademarks more than you give us credit. This is an illegitimate generic trademark we're talking about here, not something referring specifically to apple products. Apple should not be entitled to generic english terms any more than anyone else is.

Apple has a history of trademark abuse - they really don't care about trademark law, they act as though they are above it. It's time someone put them in their place and judge them by the same rules as everyone else.

Edited 2011-06-23 04:27 UTC

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