Not content with making little girls cry, Apple’s legal eagles have set their sites on even more insidious prey. Yes, that’s right, dear reader, the lawyers that Jobs built are swooping in and saving us all from cute babies in iPod outfits:
Using the iPod name to sell baby clothing is an insidious and very real threat against the iPod market share… Founder of iPodMyBaby, now the violently named iPopMyBaby, David Schroeder is keeping a stiff upper lip. ?We received a letter from Apple to change our website address. We own the iPod baby clothing space, which probably scares Apple a little bit as we are selling thousands of iPod baby outfits and they aren?t selling any at all.?
To be fair, Apple’s slavering legal hounds put the smack down on the “iPod” name, rather than the concept of cute little babies in iPod outfits. Apple protects its beloved iNames™ with a fierceness that would do a mama bear proud, and–cute babies or not–the hammer’s gonna fall when someone tries to iSteal™ or iUse™ one without permission from the Big Fruit. That being said, anytime one combines lawyers and cute babies, one has to understand that the side holding the leash on the lawyers runs a major risk of getting tongues stuck out at them in the court of public opinion.
In closing, I would just like to point out that “iPod Babies” could be a breakout hit on Saturday morning cartoons, much like Muppet Babies was in the glorious 80s. Any entertainment moguls, aspiring or otherwise, are free to use this idea with no compensation to yours truly. Provided you can get past the attack lawyers, that is.
*Images from iPopMyBaby.com