A Moron In A Hurry

September 22, 2006

Is Pod a Generic Term?

Filed under: Uncategorized — nick @ 6:43 pm

Those crazy Apple people are at it again, this time sending a cease and desist letter to the Podcast Ready people over their use of the word “pod.”  It seems pretty clear that a “podcast” is a generic term for downloadable radio-style segments, despite the fact that the term is derived from iPod’s name.  In fact, nothing about the word “pod” really seems all that distinctive, but rather it’s the use of the “i” ( as in iMac, iBook, iTunes, iSight, etic.) that makes Apple’s mark strong.  But no, Apple’s lawyers are fretting about other people using the word “pod” in their names and on their products to the point where they are essentially claiming that using the word “podcast” infringes Apple’s trademark rights to the iPod.  Pox on Apple.  If they keep this up someone will fire up an iWasBulliedByApple website (or at least until Apple sends them a letter).


1 Comment »

  1. Isn’t “pod” actually pretty distinctive for a music player? It certainly isn’t descriptive. And “i” as a prefix actually seems to be more descriptive. I figured it stood for “internet.”

    Comment by Evan — September 23, 2006 @ 12:08 am

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