“You may have heard that Apple’s considering unveiling a gold-colored iPhone early next month,” Brian Fung reports for The Washington Post. “Well, so have a bunch of irate Frenchmen, it turns out.”
“The problem isn’t that the iPhone will be gold, per se. Rather, it’s that the device could be called a light shade of ‘champagne,'” Fung reports. “And now a trade association for French wines is preemptively warning Apple against doing so.”
Fung reports, “‘We can’t say that a ‘champagne’ colour exists,’ said Charles Goamaere, legal director for the Interprofessional Committee for Champagne Wine, in an interview with French media this week. Therefore, any company wanting to use the name ‘Champagne’ would be doing so [only] to attract all the benefits that surround [the label.]’ Goamere’s trade group is among the biggest defenders of the champagne brand. If you’re a sparkling wine producer located outside of the Champagne region of France, you have to call your beverage something else.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: It’s a color, not a drink or foodstuff.
If there’s still an issue, Apple should buy the rights to use “Champagne,” then license it back to the French sparkling wine producers of the Champagne region with a perpetual, exclusive license.
And isn’t “a bunch of irate Frenchmen” superfluous?*
*Just kidding: We love the French (mostly)!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]