Apple Inc. asks ‘iPod Monday’ event creator to stop using ‘iPod’ in name

“Tonight will celebrate the second anniversary of ‘iPod Monday’ at downtown Des Moines [Iowa] bar the Lift, 222 Fourth St. But it also will serve as a wake of sorts as the playlist-sharing theme night ends due to a trademark dispute,” The Des Moines Register reports.

The Des Moines Register reports, “Computer and iPod manufacturer Apple Inc. has asked iPod Monday’s creator and resident bartender, Clint Curtis, to remove any mention of ‘iPod’ from the event to satisfy Apple’s trademark guidelines. Curtis has decided to pull the plug on the weekly ritual rather than continue under an altered identity.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: Genericide: The process by which a trademark becomes synonymous with its associated product, to the point where the owner may lose the ability to legally defend and protect said trademark. See: “aspirin,” “escalator,” “q-tip,” etc. Trademark owners may take various steps to reduce the risk of genericide, including educating businesses and consumers on appropriate trademark use, avoiding use of their marks in a generic manner, and systematically and effectively enforcing their trademark rights. More info here.

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39 Comments

  1. Why does he feel the need to kill the event just because the name of the event can’t have “iPod” in it? Seems a bit of an extreme reaction when he could instead turn it into an opportunity – create a contest for a new name and garner even more publicity for his efforts. Unfortunate spur-o-the-moment decision, IMHO…

  2. Apple’s hands are tied in this matter. If they can be seen as selectively enforcing their trademarks, then they lose those trademarks. That have to go after anyone they’re aware. Sad, but true.

  3. Hmmm,
    I’m not a lawyer, so I’m wondering if they couldn’t just license the rights to use the name to sites like that. Wouldn’t they be able to retain their copyright if they did that?

    They just did not think, or Apple wanted too much money. Probably the former.
    Also, lawyers are usually a bunch of pain in the sit down. They tend to think of cutting off the nose to spite the face. JMHO ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Attn MDN editors – points of history:

    “Aspirin” was the trademark of Bayer, a German company. During World War I, the US government rescinded Bayer’s trademark, because they were associated with the enemy.

    In many parts of the world, including those associated with the former British Empire, “aspirin” is still a recognized trademark.

    Q-tip is still a REGISTERED trademark of Unilever – check the package.

    Get your facts straight.

  5. G-Spank,

    I think you’re overreacting a bit. No one will stop buying Apple products because of this. iPod is a registered trademark, and with the brand being as popular as it has become, people can grab a lot of attention and make LOADS of money by just mentioning “iPod.”

    This guy chose to cancel the event. he didn’t have to. All he had to do was rename it.

  6. To Qka…

    Actually, MDN is spot on. You are correct in stating that Q-Tip is, indeed, an actual trademarked product. MDN is referring to the idea that a trademarked word becomes synonymous with the actual TYPE of product.

    Undoubtedly, when you purchase store-brand cotton swabs on a stick, you STILL refer to them as Q-tip, do you not? The same applies to BandAid. It’s a trademarked product, but we all refer to self-stick bandages as a “Band-Aid”. Same applies also to Kleenex. If you sneeze, people will offer you you Kleenex, regardless if it’s from Kimberly Clark or Scott Tissue. No one says “please pass me a facial tissue”.

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