Latest in Clarification

Image credit:

Apple not shutting down all use of "podcast"; still not so hot on "pod," though

Evan Blass
09.27.06
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

You probably remember our post this past weekend citing a Wired Listening Post story which claimed that Apple was trying to claim ownership of the word "podcast"; we even got -- OMG -- Slashdotted. Well, Wired Listening Post has now printed Apple's letter to the company in question, Podcast Ready, and it seems that the real situation is a bit murkier than our original post might have led you to believe. While Steve and friends are definitely gung-ho about Podcast Ready abandoning the use of "myPodder" for its automation software (claiming that it is "very similar phonetically to Apple's iPod mark and appears to have been chosen intentionally to capitalize on the fame and goodwill of Apple's marks"), the letter goes on to say that "Apple, of course, has no general objection to proper use of the descriptive term 'podcast' as part of a trademark for goods and services offered in the podcasting field." What it basically comes down to is this: Apple objects to "Podcast Ready" trademark applications which cover "portable listening devices" and "software to manage digital content for portable media players," but is fine with an application for that branding which only refers to podcasting in general. It's still confusing as hell, since it's not entirely obvious where one would draw the line between "podcasting in general" and podcasting as it relates to portable listening devices and software for managing podcasts for portable media devices, but either way what is very clear is that Apple is determined to protect its turf and prevent anyone from using the words "pod" and "podcast" in any manner they believe might possibly infringe on its trademarks.

[Via MacRumors]

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The best consoles, games and accessories for students

The best consoles, games and accessories for students

View
FAA: Please don't weaponize your drone

FAA: Please don't weaponize your drone

View
The best robotics kits for beginners

The best robotics kits for beginners

View
The 'Breaking Bad' movie comes to Netflix on October 11th

The 'Breaking Bad' movie comes to Netflix on October 11th

View
For Disney, it's all about 'quality over quantity' with Disney+

For Disney, it's all about 'quality over quantity' with Disney+

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr