“Apple is ordering several online iPod accessory vendors to stop using the word ‘iPod’ in their names or URLs. Apple has sent legal notices to accessory vendors everythingipod.co.uk and iPodlife. ‘I’m very nervous that this whole affair will hurt our business financially,’ said Barry Mann, director of everythingipod,” Jonny Evans reports for Wired News.
“In August, Apple threatened legal action against iPod Essentials, which changed its name to mp3Essentials and handed ownership of the iPodEssentials.co.uk domain name to Apple. Earlier this year, one of the web’s leading iPod-focused websites, iPodLounge, changed its name to iLounge. IPodlife director Patrick Taylor said the site will change its name to iWorld UK,” Evans reports. “Steve Hawkins, managing director of A M Micro, a product distributor (which distributes Griffin Technology products in the United Kingdom), said Apple is right to protect its brand. ‘Although Apple’s actions may seem unfair, genuine dealers should use this as an opportunity to stand out from the gray market crowd,’ he said.”
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