“Major League Baseball is crying foul over an Apple iPhone App called Baseball that it says infringes on MLB trademarks,” Tom Spring reports for PC World.
“At issue is Baseball’s use of MLB team logos inside the application. The free Baseball application for iPhones debuted last Friday as one of hundreds of applications available through iTunes App Store. Baseball, published by Bulbous Ventures, is a reference utility packed with baseball statistics dating back to the 1888 Detroit Wolverines all the way up to San Francisco Giant Barry Bonds’ 2007 battering average of .276,” Spring reports.
“On Monday Michigan’s Mark Knopper, owner and sole employee of Bulbous Ventures, received an email from MLB Advanced Media demanding that he remove baseball team logos from his program along with a nearly imperceptible MLB logo used on the application program shortcut,” Spring reports.
“The avid Detroit Tiger fan says he will comply, but admits disappointment,” Spring reports. “Knopper, a self-employed Mac programmer, created the Baseball iPhone App for pure amusement and thought it would ‘cool to just give the program away for free to other baseball fans’ like him, he says… Knopper isn’t taking any legal chances. ‘Major League Baseball could squash me like a bug. The logos will be removed.'”
More in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Sean” for the heads up.]