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Apple tells bar owner to stop using iPod name

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By Nino Marchetti

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Published: Friday, February 9, 2007
News Categories: iPod

A bar owner in Des Moines, Iowa, looks to have gotten himself into hot water with Apple’s legal department over a weekly iPod event he hosts. Clint Curtis, owner of Lift, runs a weekly event called iPod Monday in which he lets those who bring their iPods share their music collections with others. Apple recently sent Curtis a cease-and-desist email in which they told him “with respect to the podcast and associated site, iPod Monday, Apple has determined that your product name, which incorporates the word ‘iPod’, violates Apple’s trademark guidelines… please choose a name for your product that is consistent with Apple’s guidelines (that does not include iPod or any other Apple trademark or variation thereon).”

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Does this sound familliar to anyone? Remember “ipodlounge”? Same thing happened to them as they were forced to make the name change or face posible legal actions.

Posted by Tommy on February 14, 2007 at 12:41 PM (PDT)

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The best thing could have done was make the bar a flag ship partner in a branded IPod Night campaign.
As far as the record industry - they are not the big Ipod fighters people think.  E-music is actually very good for them.  It allows them to sell music with very little hard cost - no need to print jackets and burn silicone.  It also helps them with the ROI on another front - they can now serve niche audiences and take some chances with artists/genres that would not be profitable prior to itunes.
they may not sell albums, but every single becomes more important.

Posted by Alfiala on February 14, 2007 at 12:48 PM (PDT)

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the real indusrty threatened by e-music is terestrial radio.

Posted by Alfiala on February 14, 2007 at 12:50 PM (PDT)

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