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Apple authorizes usage of ‘podcast’ term

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, November 29, 2006
News Categories: Podcasting

One podcaster has received a letter from Apple’s trademark department stating that the company does not object to others using the term “podcast” and that it also does not license the term. “Apple does not object to third party usage of the generic term ‘podcast’ to accurately refer to podcasting services,” Apple said in the note. “Apple does not license the term ‘podcast.’” The letter was in response to a $1 “royalty check” Dave Gray, host of the Global Geek podcast, sent to Apple CEO Steve Jobs nearly two months ago. Gray sent the check and a letter to Jobs following threats from Apple to a site named PodcastReady, claiming trademark violations.

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Comments

1

At least now they can never go back on that without legal consequences.

Posted by stark23x on November 29, 2006 at 3:51 PM (PDT)

2

Yeah but did they cash the check!?!?!?!?

Posted by hmmm on November 29, 2006 at 4:38 PM (PDT)

3

Nope they sent that back as well!

Posted by Dave Gray on November 30, 2006 at 3:42 AM (PDT)

4

I highly doubt apple even owns a trademark for podcasting.  I’m not even sure they used it first.

Posted by e on November 30, 2006 at 1:50 PM (PDT)

5

“And in other related news, groups of whales throughout the world’s oceans are breathing a slight sigh of relief over Apple’s apparent change of stance. Said one spokeswhale for the Order of North Atlantic Humpback Coalition: ‘We were really sweating this one for a while there. We didn’t have a clue on what we would due if Apple forced us to stop using the word ‘pod’. That would’ve been unthinkable to us.’

Posted by flatline response on November 30, 2006 at 3:03 PM (PDT)

6

Er…that’s ‘do’ (well, whaddaya expect from whales, after all)...

Posted by flatline response on November 30, 2006 at 3:04 PM (PDT)

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