Saturday, 23 September 2006

Saw this coming a mile away. It's always fascinating when people - or companies - show their true colors.

Apple Computer is sending cease and desist letters, apparently, so a number of companies and organizations that are using the term "pod" in their positioning or names, claiming it causes confusion in the marketplace. Podcast Ready is the latest victim among several.

Give me a break.

The deal is this: It's said Apple has recently applied for coverage from the USPTO to get protection via trademark for the word "pod" in addition to the already protected term "iPod." They've not been granted protection, and I would hope they won't get it. "Podcast" is probably next on their list, at this rate. I see several others have already applied for the term and several variants.

But , after all, it doesn't take a solid legal footing to be a bully, it just takes - well - a bully mentality.

And now, it appears the fight is being taken to the podcasting playground. Despite the fact that Apple didn't invent the term "podcasting," and despite the fact that they adopted - even embraced - the term (and created a whole section and special logo for iTunes, etc.), Apple apparently believes they can Monday-morning-QB this one into the courts - and they must think they can win. One would hope that's not the case, but in California, who knows.

Don't get me wrong - Apple's a company that makes cool stuff and I own a Mac in addition to my PCs. But hey - no one likes a bully, especially when there's really nothing to gain, and a lot of people who could be negatively affected as a result of this move. The idea that the terms "Podcast Ready" and "myPodder" could be confusing in a way that hurts Apple is a stretch. "Podcast" is practically a household term now, and the fact is that Apple didn't jump in until well after it became the defacto standard name and term (despite some heated debates early on around the terminology).

Apple really needs to go find someone or something else to pick on, lest all the other kids on the playground get tired of the black eyes and bruises. Or send some of the lawyers out for a vacation or something. Their judgement is getting clouded.

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Saturday, 23 September 2006 19:17:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Like XCMD's and XFCN's to HyperCard -- <a href="">Peas In A Pod</a>.

Like HyperCard, Pod's time too will pass -- like a Sci-Fi flick escape Pod.

Until Pod has no more meaning than Coke (except for an SNL episode "no Pepsi, Coke"); meaning carbonated cola drink.

How about a Jame's Bond escape pod floating in the ocean for a climaxing closing scene. It too fades.

Is this a <a href="">Jumping The Shark</a> moment? If not, it is surely over the hill.


My last Mac was a Clone.
Friday, 30 March 2007 11:32:18 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
lol Nice. Email won't fit.
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