> I don't think we have to fear Apple forcing all to abandon use of the
> term "podcasting".
This entire debate has been filled with misinformation, dating back to the
original article that spawned all the noise on blogs. While the setup in
that trademark infringement letter attempts to assert Apple's claim on the
terms IPOD and POD, the heart of the matter lies in reading the whole thing.
The letter doesn't read like Apple's plotting to take the word Podcast from
the community or that they might go after everyone who uses the word
One potentially valid complaint from Apple is Podcast Ready's use of the
confusingly similar term myPodder and Apple's belief that the company
intends to offer iPods preloaded with myPodder software (possibly because
the site says 'Now with iPod support'). There are already other competing
devices shipping with this feature enabled.
It could easily be valid to assume the hope here is for devices loaded with
myPodder might be called "myPods" generically, a term that would be
confusingly similar with the famous trademark IPOD.
If you haven't read the letter in full, you should:
Podcasting Starter Kit