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Apple Just Says No to iPhone Copycats
Apple Just Says No to iPhone Copycats
By Lindsay Martell / CRM Daily Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
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JANUARY
15
2007
After Steve Jobs debuted the iPhone to scores of Apple devotees at Macworld last week, crafty coders wasted no time in creating iPhone look-alike interfaces for competing handsets.

Now Apple, a company long revered in the tech industry for being able to whip its fans into a frenzy with each new product announcement, is cracking the whip on those making the skins for Windows Mobile and Palm handheld devices.

Cease and Desist

Paul O'Brien, founder of MoDaCo.com, is the first to make headlines after getting smacked with a cease-and-desist letter from Apple's legal team shortly after he posted a screenshot of the new device on his site.

"While we appreciate your interest in the iPhone," the letter states, "the icons and screenshot displayed on your Web site are copyrighted by Apple, and copyright law explicitly prohibits unauthorized display and distribution of copyrighted works."

The letter demands that O'Brien remove the screenshot from his Web site immediately and "refrain from facilitating the further dissemination of Apple's copyrighted material."

No Surprise

Apple's litigious moves should come as no surprise, said Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director at Jupiter Research.

"Apple wants to make sure no one is ripping off its product, or its ideas," he said, adding that Apple has taken similar action before with folks who created iPod-like interfaces for use on smartphones.

"In general, user experience is one of the core points of Apple's intellectual property," said Gartenberg. "And they want to protect it."

Gartenberg also said he has mixed opinions on whether Apple's legal moves will stave off would-be hackers. "I think in some cases it will," he said.

"At the end of the day, we'll see how it goes. We'll see how aggressive Apple will be."

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