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(Huffington Post)   Apple sues Polish online grocery store for using the 'A.pl' domain name. Next up: Adam and Eve for eating the forbidden fruit   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 32
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2012-09-12 05:58:58 AM  
They may have taken on Samsung, but if my aunts are any indication, Apple will get their butt kicked if they interfere with little old Polish ladies making dinner.
 
2012-09-12 06:44:20 AM  
Man, Apple is dicks.
 
2012-09-12 06:48:44 AM  
Ironically, Microsoft renamed "Metro" to avoid conflict with a German grocery store.

I wonder if Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr. of the Black Eyed Peas is looking around nervously right now.
 
2012-09-12 07:07:16 AM  
The first question is how long has the grocery firm used this URL? If they have had it in continuous use for more than a few years, Apple probably can go pound sand.
 
2012-09-12 07:12:15 AM  
Apple are dicks and I have stopped considering buying any of their stuff due to their patent trolling, but for once they have a reasonable case - with the logo being used more than the domain name.
 
2012-09-12 07:22:31 AM  

xria: Apple are dicks and I have stopped considering buying any of their stuff due to their patent trolling, but for once they have a reasonable case - with the logo being used more than the domain name.


www.applerecords.com
 
2012-09-12 07:23:55 AM  
Who knew a narcissistic, egotistical control freak would bestow upon his company the same sense of "fark you, that's why"?
 
2012-09-12 07:40:01 AM  
Apple Corp sued Apple Computer over the apple logo. At the time, they settled because Apple Computer wasn't in the music business. The issue came up again when Apple computer decided to get into the music selling business.

That said, doesn't this fall under the category of having to sue so Apple doesn't risk losing the trademark?
 
2012-09-12 07:42:20 AM  
Why is it that just when you think Apple couldn't go any more retard, they do something even more retarded?
Do they think their customers are so dense that they won't be able to differentiate between an electronics company and an online grocers? Or are they trying to shut this company down so they can claim the URL?

Also, the a.pl logo on the website now looks like...
a.pl
 
2012-09-12 07:55:07 AM  

RoxtarRyan: Who knew a narcissistic, egotistical control freak would bestow upon his company the same sense of "fark you, that's why"?


img.photobucket.com
 
2012-09-12 07:55:42 AM  

hippyneil: Do they think their customers are so dense that they won't be able to differentiate between an electronics company and an online grocers? Or are they trying to shut this company down so they can claim the URL?


It would make a pretty awesome URL-shortening domain... they can't do app.le since there's no country with .le allocated.
 
2012-09-12 08:13:47 AM  

dbirchall: hippyneil: Do they think their customers are so dense that they won't be able to differentiate between an electronics company and an online grocers? Or are they trying to shut this company down so they can claim the URL?

It would make a pretty awesome URL-shortening domain... they can't do app.le since there's no country with .le allocated.


They could just buy the .le top level domain name or .apple or whatever else ICANN have opened up
 
2012-09-12 08:20:04 AM  

Faddy: It would make a pretty awesome URL-shortening domain... they can't do app.le since there's no country with .le allocated.

They could just buy the .le top level domain name or .apple or whatever else ICANN have opened up


True, true. But I think all the two-letter TLDs are reserved for "countries" under ISO 3166, so maybe they'd have to do "ap.ple" unless they somehow form their own country (okay, it was probably somewhere down the line on Steve Jobs' "to-do" list)...
 
2012-09-12 08:23:07 AM  

xria: Apple are dicks and I have stopped considering buying any of their stuff due to their patent trolling, but for once they have a reasonable case - with the logo being used more than the domain name.


They're not using that logo.
 
2012-09-12 08:24:53 AM  

Another Government Employee: The first question is how long has the grocery firm used this URL? If they have had it in continuous use for more than a few years, Apple probably can go pound sand.


They could go pound sand now. A.pl will argue that .pl is the standard internet for their country and since A has no bearing on the Apple company they can EABOD.
 
2012-09-12 08:46:35 AM  
Adam and Eve didn't eat an apple - they ate 'forbidden fruit' which was likely figs, which is more proof that God hates figs.

If not figs, then another geographically appropriate fruit.
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2682/was-the-forbidden-fruit- in-the-garden-of-eden-an-apple
 
2012-09-12 09:16:08 AM  

hippyneil: Why is it that just when you think Apple couldn't go any more retard, they do something even more retarded?
Do they think their customers are so dense that they won't be able to differentiate between an electronics company and an online grocers? Or are they trying to shut this company down so they can claim the URL?

Also, the a.pl logo on the website now looks like...
[a.pl image 219x91]


a.pl owns fresh24.pl, which uses the apple logo shown in the huffpost article.
 
2012-09-12 09:24:08 AM  

Bob el-Hed: Adam and Eve didn't eat an apple - they ate 'forbidden fruit' which was likely figs, which is more proof that God hates figs.

If not figs, then another geographically appropriate fruit.
http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/2682/was-the-forbidden-fruit- in-the-garden-of-eden-an-apple


Good figs are freaking amazing.
 
2012-09-12 09:32:43 AM  
I wonder how long before they start suing apple orchards... good thing they apparently didn't know how to spell McIntosh.
 
2012-09-12 09:53:58 AM  
In other news, Apple is suing America for use of the term "American as apple pie", since apples were invented by Steve Jobs before the founding of America (or any other country, nation or tribal group) and are thusly prohibited by any other entity for use.

Apple will take payment in the form of homes, all property and savings, as well as indoctrination at their factories.
 
2012-09-12 10:14:22 AM  

hippyneil:
Also, the a.pl logo on the website now looks like...
[a.pl image 219x91]


Important distinction. From the dupe article posted in the Geek tab:
The Polish patent office said on Tuesday the U.S. maker of the iPad, iPhone and iPod had filed a complaint, accusing the website of copying one of Apple's icons to its logo and riding its coattails to win customers.

"Apple brand is widely recognized and the company says that A.pl, by using the name that sounds similar, is using Apple's reputation," patent office spokesman Adam Taukert said.

A.pl chief executive Radoslaw Celinski said: "The accusation is ludicrous." The firm, which is not currently using the logo in question, is looking at Apple's complaint.
 
2012-09-12 10:25:39 AM  

Some Bass Playing Guy: hippyneil: Why is it that just when you think Apple couldn't go any more retard, they do something even more retarded?
Do they think their customers are so dense that they won't be able to differentiate between an electronics company and an online grocers? Or are they trying to shut this company down so they can claim the URL?

Also, the a.pl logo on the website now looks like...
[a.pl image 219x91]

a.pl owns fresh24.pl, which uses the apple logo shown in the huffpost article.


E.g.: fresh24.pl
 
2012-09-12 11:44:29 AM  
Micro$oft sucks. Apple sucks. As soon as I can figure how to use a typewriter on the internet, I'm done with them both.
 
2012-09-12 12:05:25 PM  

Another Government Employee: The first question is how long has the grocery firm used this URL? If they have had it in continuous use for more than a few years, Apple probably can go pound sand.


Apple can go pound sand either way. They made a logo of a fruit that has been in existence quite a bit longer than their company. If a "FOOD" store wants to name them selves apple anything they are at least selling products that have something to do with fruit.
 
2012-09-12 12:13:03 PM  

Kazrath: Another Government Employee: The first question is how long has the grocery firm used this URL? If they have had it in continuous use for more than a few years, Apple probably can go pound sand.

Apple can go pound sand either way. They made a logo of a fruit that has been in existence quite a bit longer than their company.


But the logo wasn't in existence, and the logo is a stylized version of the fruit. What's next, Windows can't get trademark rights in their wavy windows because 4-pane windows have been in existence? Nike can't get trademark rights in their swoosh because people have blown on steam clouds for centuries?

If a "FOOD" store wants to name them selves apple anything they are at least selling products that have something to do with fruit.

Sure, but that's a name. This is about a logo.
 
2012-09-12 03:28:57 PM  
Malo malo malo malo.

Latin for "You took things too far, Steve Jobs."
 
2012-09-12 03:48:54 PM  

Theaetetus: Kazrath: Another Government Employee: The first question is how long has the grocery firm used this URL? If they have had it in continuous use for more than a few years, Apple probably can go pound sand.

Apple can go pound sand either way. They made a logo of a fruit that has been in existence quite a bit longer than their company.

But the logo wasn't in existence, and the logo is a stylized version of the fruit. What's next, Windows can't get trademark rights in their wavy windows because 4-pane windows have been in existence? Nike can't get trademark rights in their swoosh because people have blown on steam clouds for centuries?

If a "FOOD" store wants to name them selves apple anything they are at least selling products that have something to do with fruit.

Sure, but that's a name. This is about a logo.


Looking at the logo you posted no way would I ever say "Hey that looks similar to the Apple corporation". Ones a circle with a stem and the other looks like an apple with a bite out of it.
 
2012-09-12 05:17:19 PM  

Bob el-Hed: Adam and Eve didn't eat an apple - they ate 'forbidden fruit' which was likely figs, which is more proof that God hates figs.

If not figs, then another geographically appropriate fruit.


Adam and Eve didn't exist. Personally, I find it hilarious that you tried to sound educated and, instead, sounded like a dumbass.
 
2012-09-12 05:59:06 PM  
spacebison.com
 
2012-09-12 07:08:51 PM  
I thought I'd seen everything from Bloom County, SpaceBison... I thought wrong.
 
2012-09-13 06:38:01 PM  

Honest Bender: Bob el-Hed: Adam and Eve didn't eat an apple - they ate 'forbidden fruit' which was likely figs, which is more proof that God hates figs.

If not figs, then another geographically appropriate fruit.

Adam and Eve didn't exist. Personally, I find it hilarious that you tried to sound educated and, instead, sounded like a dumbass.


No shiat, Sherlock. I didn't use the phrase 'In the Bible' at the beginning of my first sentence. I wrongly assumed that even the dumbest reader would realize I was not, and did not, claim the Bible to have literally occurred. But now that I know you're reading...well, I'm just going to keep writing for educated people, since I can't think as stupid as you are.
 
2012-09-14 12:30:54 AM  
Johny Appleseed is screwed.
 
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