In October, the Global Geek Podcast network became concerned about Apple's cease and desist letters regarding the phrase "podcast". So podcast host Dave Gray wrote a letter to Steve Jobs. In the letter, he included a check for AU$1 to cover any royalties for the use of the phrase.
This week, he received a reply from the Apple Trademark Department. Apple, according to this letter, does not object to third party use of the phrase podcast nor does it license the term.
Apple also returned the check.