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branding being 'extremely important' for apple only goes to show that the company is no longer in the business of selling machines, but fashion. they weren't the first company making mp3 players and they weren't the first to use the word 'pod'.
Branding is extremely important for every major business. Seriously? Seen any commercials lately? Hear any jingles lately/ Branding is as important as the product itself so I guess that every company is in the business of selling fashion. Sorry but that was a biased, dumbass statement.
Why should a company not be allowed to protect it's copyright?
Those who disagree with this are free-market/capitalism hating terrorists. Or just don't know about copyright law
Perhaps it is you who doesn't understand copyright law. iPod if it is protected at all is protected as a registered trademark not a copyright.
Seriously though, I knew what you meant. Even if they stand to loose if they do not pursue such cases then it might make it easier to loose their trademarks in the future. Secondly, these cases might make other companies think long and hard (heh... I said "hard") about using "POD" in any fashion.
It might be a dick thing to do but it is the corporate way.
Funny you should mention Ma Bell. In the 40's and 50's Ma Bell took a bunch of companies for using "Bell" in their names or using an image of a Bell if it was used in a certian way.
Gibson Sued Fender over the "Broadcaster" name.
Fender has gotten court actions against companies mis-applying some of their protected names and abbreviations.
Big companies sue all the time for copyright infringement.
I still don't see whay evry one is opposed to Apple protecting what it feels is infringement.
I thought it was Gretsch that sewed Fender, because they had a broadcaster drumkit. Hence the no-caster. I heard Gibson sewed ESP because their Eclipse was too Les Paul-like, hence the altered Eclipse II. Stuff like this goes on all the time, also in other branches.
m/ Gear: Epiphone Les Paul Custom, '86 MIJ Squier Strat, Chapman Guitars ML-2, Faith Venus High Gloss, Laney L5T-112. m/
I'm gonna get slayed for this but I agree with Apple. Anytime you hear anything "_____Pod" the first thing to come to mind is Apple. Line 6 gets a pass because the word pod is used first. I know it may sound silly but Apple has spent a fortune branding their product and branding is extremely important especially at the level that a company like Apple is at. Anything that remotely causes any confusion should be forced to change it. If someone was to say to you "there is a new Video Pod projector coming out" (that is what it's called) you would first think/assume it was an Apple product they were talking about until you got further details. That is a business no no. Besides, Sector Labs has to know that and they are just trying to capitalize on the association, IMO.