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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. truenorth's Avatar
      truenorth -
      You're calling cash a self-righteous twirp?
    1. ebentley's Avatar
      ebentley -
      PF & Cash: You guys continue to do great work and provide unmatched service regardless of what domain name you operate with. As the Army says, "select, adopt, and exploit". Keep it going gentlemen.

      Earl
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Thanks Earl.
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      Quote Originally Posted by ebentley View Post
      PF & Cash: You guys continue to do great work and provide unmatched service regardless of what domain name you operate with. As the Army says, "select, adopt, and exploit". Keep it going gentlemen.

      Earl
      long time no see, of course we will
    1. medafor's Avatar
      medafor -
      i thought i was tripping out when i came here and it was "modmyi", well... apple has worked very hard to get to where they are today. It is understandable, they own rights to all there materials. I wouldn't wont my ideas and copyrights to be used without permission. However modmyi is purely community, and sells products for the iphone, which is not a crime at all. i cant believe your site poses a threat to apple. but if you got that letter it must. I wonder if they are going through googles search and threatening everyone? I guess it's competition in selling iphone products. I feel your pain having to update your site and all from the change. I know it sucks, BUT KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK! Im sure they will go after everythingiphone.com next.
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by truenorth View Post
      You're calling cash a self-righteous twirp?
      I'm not sure what cash's views are, but (in my view) this isn't cafeteria copyright. Meaning you can't pick and choose which articles of copyright law to respect and which to ignore. It doesn't work that way.

      But I do have to jump in and agree with ebentley, without this site I don't think any of us would be enjoying the iPhone to its full potential. And I for one am thankful its here.
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      I'm surprised this thread hasn't been closed yet!

      FYI, cash's view is clear from the action he took: to comply. Why? Because Apple has the legal right to make the request they did. His own lawyers advised him to comply. Why do you think we're still here?

      Did you just jump in the fray not reading the whole thread? People gave opposite sides of the issue, but hardly anyone resorted to name-calling, like you did.

      You didn't notice [1] my post was a question and [2] I had a smiley? So use the -2 degrees there in T.O. and chill, man.

      Quote Originally Posted by truenorth View Post
      I'm surprised this thread hasn't been closed yet!

      FYI, cash's view is clear from the action he took: to comply. Why? Because Apple has the legal right to make the request they did. His own lawyers advised him to comply. Why do you think we're still here?

      Did you just jump in the fray not reading the whole thread? People gave opposite sides of the issue, but hardly anyone resorted to name-calling, like you did.

      You didn't notice [1] my post was a question and [2] I had a smiley? So use the -2 degrees there in T.O. and chill, man.
      Thanks for the Canada bashing, typical. And your post wasn't a question, it was sarcasm. So if I said "Go to Hell " that means it's ok to say because I have the smiley face there?

      FYI, I'm Canadian. Hence, "true north". Lived in Toronto for 4 years, Calgary for 6 and Ottawa for 17. Just another wrong assumption from you. Where exactly in my statement did I bash Canada? You're out on left field, kiddo.

      Quote Originally Posted by truenorth View Post
      FYI, I'm Canadian. Hence, "true north". Lived in Toronto for 4 years, Calgary for 6 and Ottawa for 17. Just another wrong assumption from you. Where exactly in my statement did I bash Canada? You're out on left field, kiddo.
      Well, starting with the fact that its 12 degrees here, not -2. And second, I really don't know why I'm wasting my time on you, since you seem to misconstrue every point I make. So, bye bye.
    1. Cody Overcash's Avatar
      Cody Overcash -
      That was fun thread closed