Corporations Behaving Badly...Again!
Apple has laid legal claim to the word “Pod,” arguing that other companies that use the word as part of their product names risk infringing the trademark of its popular iPod music player.
So what exactly is a trademark? From the U.S. Patent Office.
A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination of words, phrases, symbols or designs, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.
Evidently copyrights, trademarks and patents are all slightly different, but what they all have in common is that they protect something that an individual or corporation believes is rightfully theirs. They prevent others from legally using what the trademarking entity believes to be theirs.
See where I'm going?
I'll be expecting to see posts condeming Apple for their greed in protecting something that they think is theirs. They aren't patenting it because the word POD is not an invention, so they are trademarking it because the name represents something important to their success as a business (actually, I wonder if they hold patents on iPod technology...hmmm) . That's just dead wrong-it should be available for anyone to use, right, at anytime and for any reason? It belongs to everyone, right? How dare they!
Hey, if you don't believe Blackboard can patent something, then its my suggestion that you also won't be happy with Apple and their current business practices.
Beyond Stephens original post, I bet I won't see anything....
...afterall, it's Apple.