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Judge Orders Apple and Amazon to Resolve 'Appstore' Spat

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Top message:  Apple's diagnosable nuttery by Globhead   Jan 16, 2013, 9:20 AM

Replying to:  Re: Apple's diagnosable nuttery by DarkStar   Jan 18, 2013, 7:32 PM

Re: Apple's diagnosable nuttery

by T Bone    Jan 18, 2013, 9:46 PM

Come on, you can't seriously be defending Apple's position here....

There is nothing at all uniquely identifying or distinctive about the term 'App Store'.....indeed 'App Store' is the simplest and most natural way to describe something which is a store that sells....well...apps.

Now, if Apple had given their app store a unique and distinctive name....say 'iApps' or something...and Amazon came along and used that name for their own store, they'd had a point...

You can't, or at least shouldn't be able to, copyright, a generic description like 'App Store'....

I mean....Hostess could copyright the word 'Twinkie' but they couldn't copyright 'Golden Cream Filled Sponge Cake'.....Kraft Foods can copyright the word 'Jello', but they can't copyright 'gelatin dessert'...

The fact that Apple chose NOT to give their App Store a unique and distinctive name and instead gave it a generic descriptive doesn't mean that they suddenly have the right to exclusive usage of that generic descriptive.

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