“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.”
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