MLB cries foul, demands ‘Baseball’ iPhone app-maker cease and desist

“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.]

53 Comments

  1. Unfortunately, even if this fellow is not a threat, MLB has no choice but to defend its intellectual property (IP). Otherwise, a court will not uphold it the next time, when there is a real threat. Lame? Yes. Our legal system? Also, yes. (BTW, I have no affiliation with MLB.)

  2. Jake, what you say is, unfortunately, all too true. The question isn’t about is this a threat to them or will anyone be confused by this, it’s about the IP. Which is why the solution from app store makes so much more sense. a) good vibes all around and b) minimal cost. Those “good vibes” would include “Good Will”, which is actually a line item in the valuation of many companies. Offer a couple thousand dollars to someone who was making nothing off the program and the coder benefits both by the couple thousand and by the name recognition HE gets in the process.

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