A video projector maker is fighting a legal challenge from Apple, which has a long track record of legal actions meant to keep sole use of the term in the iPod maker's hands
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Nothing appears to bring out the snarky comments and questionable legal actions than success in the technology markets. Apple's winning combination of the iPod and the iTunes Music Store seems guaranteed to keep the lawsuits coming in 2008 and beyond.
According to a MacRumors video (since removed at the request of Apple legal) the new iPod interface will look stylish and more graphical - but nothing like iPhone, as most have predicted. Most people figured that the next iPod would simply be iPhone, sans the phone part.
If you've ever scrolled deep into the Legal menu on an iPod you've probably seen the logo pictured at right. PortalPlayer is most popular for providing the audio chips for the Apple iPod.
[Update: Since first publishing this story, another small business person has come forward with the details of a very similar threatening letter that she received] Has Apple gone too far? Even if the product you make doesn't look, smell, feel, or do anything remotely close to what an iPod does, and even if consumers can't buy it on the shelves in a store, that apparently doesn't mean Apple won't release its legal dogs on you if the name of your product includes the letters P-O-D.
In an earlier post, I mentioned why it was that a technology that makes it possible to transfer programs from a TiVo to an iPod will likely draw the ire of the copyright police and their legal minions.Most of you TalkBacked along the lines of "what does it matter?
Apple Computer today launched its long-awaited iTunes Music Store in Australia, finally giving iPod owners a legal way of downloading music online.
SEC filing exposes not-so-harmonious relationship
Underground code-crackers risk fines and prison time. But ordinary corporate reverse engineering is a very different thing.
Apple, Dell and others say a ruling in Canada that would impose an extra fee of as much as $25 on iPod-like digital music players isn't legal.
The Mac maker doctors its digital music player after French authorities complain of noise levels
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