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  • Apple Forces Their Hand on iPhone Trademark. We are changing domains.
    Today we received a letter from the friendly legal team of Townsend and Townsend and Crew; Apple Inc.'s legal representatives.

    I'll just give you the summary:
    • Apple owns, through its Ocean Telecom affiliate numerous U.S. and international filings for the iPhone trademark U.S. Ser. No. 77/007,808.
    • Since the services we offer here on MMi are directly related to Apple's iPhone, Apple Inc. believes that ModMyI will inevitably confuse consumers into believing we are associated with Apple Inc., therefore infringing on Apple's Trademark rights.
    • Apple is concerned that ModMyI also dilutes and tarnishes the distinctive quality of Apple's famous iPhone mark.
    • We are not allowed to use the Apple registered Apple Design Logo No. 2,715,578 that is displayed on our links to several "iPhone Topsites," which are unauthorized third party websites.
    • Apple assumes that it is not our intent to create customer confusion. they are correct we are not trying to confuse people
    • Apple asks that we abandon the use of all domain names that have iPhone in them on this website and to agree not to use ModMyI or any other mark, name, domain name, logo, tagline, slogan, or anything else that contains iPhone for goods and services related to or competitive with Apple's iPhone or dilutive to Apple's trademark rights.
    • Apple further requests that all use of its product photographs and the Apple Design Logo immediately and permanently cease.
    Because of this letter ModMyI.com will henceforth become ModMyI.com. Also the iPhone Topsites links on the left of the site will be remove since they contain the Apple Design Logo (although that is not controlled by us).

    We will remain open and continue providing users with the same free services that we currently offer.

    The current addresses to different pages on this site will remain the same except the ph will become a f. For example http://modmyi.com/forums/ will become http://modmyi.com/forums/ and so forth.

    During our move users may experience short site outages but don't worry, we are not going anywhere and hope you will continue your support of this site under it's new name, ModMyI.

    Thank you for your time and support,
    Cody Overcash, Kyle Matthews, and the rest of the ModMyI team.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Forces Their Hand on iPhone Trademark. We are changing domains. started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 228 Comments
    1. dchurch21's Avatar
      dchurch21 -
      modmyeyephone.com is great
      but its a little lengthy.

      i think modmyi.com will catch on. I wonder when they are going to write a letter saying how this site is illegal because it helps to unlock there product.

      well ive worked with cellphones before, and as long as a phone is able to unlocked it is by no means illegal to do so.

      Court hearings have been demanded by huge companies, such as tracfone, verizon wireless and alltel phones trying to get the abilty to hack or unlock a phone illegal.

      you know what the court said? "well if the software you provide with the phone is capable of being unlocked, then make a software that is not capable of being unlocked, until you do this, these people are doing nothing illegal by unlocking them."

      crazy how people want to enslave there customers. thats exactly what apple and the rest of the corporate world is trying to achieve, because un-informed slaves cannot ask questions if the media and government is giving them the illusion that everything is ok in the world...ok im stopping there

      im rambling my end of the world mumbojumbo everyone hates lol.
    1. xIsak07's Avatar
      xIsak07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dash-2 View Post
      ModMIphone is interesting.
      How about ModMyJesusPhone?
      I don't think God has taken out a trademark yet ;D
      lmao . . .

      or just ModMyPhone . . .
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dash-2 View Post
      ModMIphone is interesting.
      How about ModMyJesusPhone?
      I don't think God has taken out a trademark yet ;D
      ModMiPhone is the same thing. Says iPhone.

      ModMyJesusPhone I'd have to shut it down when Gizmodo told me they own the trademark, lol.
    1. smoovie's Avatar
      smoovie -
      Not the first time Apple has unleashed it's wrath on a modding site but there always a work-around. ;P
    1. peeInMyPantz's Avatar
      peeInMyPantz -
      i think they should sue me for using the word 'iphone' in this forum
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Using the word iPhone is fine - its what they called their product, after all, thats how you refer to it.

      Using the word iPhone in the title of your company/business/website is a different thing, that's the issue here.
    1. xIsak07's Avatar
      xIsak07 -
      I think he was just being sarcastic . . . I think we all were

      just have to say though . . . great site and keep up the great work
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by xIsak07 View Post
      I think he was just being sarcastic . . . I think we all were

      just have to say though . . . great site and keep up the great work
      Yah... just annoyed with the situation is all. Sigh.. moving on. Now the URL just doesn't look as cool.
    1. iphonejeff's Avatar
      iphonejeff -
      I wonder what there (apple) is gonna do next..
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      Are you allowed to keep and forward the old domain to the new, or are they seizing it?
    1. hhider2's Avatar
      hhider2 -
      tell apple to suck it...
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Stay aboard for the ride tonight as we are changing over.
    1. brand1130's Avatar
      brand1130 -
      Its official ... The iphone is the first and last apple product i will ever buy ... End of story ... Enough of this B___SH__ ... I've never seen such a greedy company in my ENTIRE LIFE. 831$ PER IPHONE? You're already making 133$ on the hardware alone.
      I actually was considering a MacBook Pro instead of a Dell. F**K that now.

      I will never buy a single thing from this company again. I'd rather deal with Zunes than such a disgusting greedy brand. Can anyone say Nazi? I can.
    1. dchurch21's Avatar
      dchurch21 -
      yeah back in biz

      since you cant use images of there device
      lets all make drawings in paint of it!

    1. Broomhead's Avatar
      Broomhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphonejeff View Post
      I wonder what there (apple) is gonna do next..
      1.1.2
    1. brand1130's Avatar
      brand1130 -
      And can we please get some legitimate headlines from Engadget, etc.? "Apple DESTROYS brand name." That would do justice ... that's about all that would do justice. That is what they've done after all.
    1. Tomer's Avatar
      Tomer -
      this is SO g*y !! WTF?
      they need to be humble that people are improving their products ><
      it becomes annoying...

      so wait... we are not allowed to upload pictures of our phones? with are not allowed to use the word iphone under any circumstances?

      Quote Originally Posted by Broomhead View Post
      1.1.2
      lol
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      I hope you can get a redirect up.
      Or send um to a google search for modmyi.com

      Edit: And it's up.
      Good.

      Do you get to keep the old domain?
    1. sr2000's Avatar
      sr2000 -
      I'm glad to see Apple working so hard at pissing people off - trying to shove their "legal rights" on people. Why am I glad you ask? Well, the harder they shove and the more they try to stop modders, unlockers, and those who try to enjoy new technology - the more of a backlash that's gonna hit 'em. I'm glad to see them clamping down on "unlockers" by limiting purchases to 2 per person and credit cards only. In their effort to make their slavemaster (AT&T) happy, they're just building up a backlash in America that's going to overturn laws and force companies like this to stop bullying smaller companies. I hope they clamp down even harder because you always reap what you sow - Apple has sown seeds of slavery in forcing people to use their products the way they dictate, and now they're going to reap an army of people that just want the freedom to do as they please.

      For them to ask you guys to change the name of this website reeks of hypocrisy. When they were being sued by the Beatles, who argued that consumers would confuse their "Apple Records" label with Apple Computers, Apple's response by their lawyers was that, "Even a moron in a hurry could not be mistaken about that." So, out of Apple's own reasoning, only a "moron in a hurry" would confuse this website as being affiliated w/Apple Computers. Seriously Apple (& the Townsend OG's), get a life!

      Sprint and T-Mobile both just recently lost major lawsuits here in the US due to locking phones and I hope AT&T is next. A legalistic approach will never win in the long-term. Sure, Apple may have a "legal right" right now to lock phones and force you guys to change your name - but is this really the best idea? If we are to use some of the "logic" they use, then the local cops in Cupertino should be able to follow Steve Jobs to work everyday and write him a traffic ticket for every moment he goes so much as 1 mile per hour over the speed limit! If they did that, what could Steve say - after all, the cops have a "legal" right to do that. Is this realistic?! No, it's silly to think about - but that's where a legalistic mindset leads so that you're always trying to protect "your rights". You can get so consumed in "doing things right" that you forget to do the "right thing".