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  • Goodbye ModMyiF0ne. Hello ModMyi.

    Saturday we told you ModMyiF0ne.com (intentionally misspelled throughout article - we're rewriting the correct spelling, so it wouldn't show up) would be ending. We meant it, kinda.

    Over the course of the last year or so, we've been in a constant, quiet legal battle with Apple in regards to the usage of the iPhone trademark in our site name. After over 10 months of back and forth, and a decent sum of legal bills piling up (hopefully for them too - I'm sure their lawyers cost more than ours ), we've settled with Apple and agreed to stop all usage of the ModMyiF0ne (as well as our original ModMyiPhone) name. They, in turn, have agreed to back down.

    Some of you may remember October of 2007 when we changed from ModMyiPhone.com to ModMyiF0ne.com. Apple had sent us a letter telling us we had to stop usage of the word iPhone in our name. Not wanting to get in any shindig's with the bigwigs, we quickly agreed and changed domains. Apple, in all their amicable spirits, countered that the word iFone is phonetically similar to iPhone, and thus was still infringing on their trademark. We lawyered up.

    Good ol Townsend and Townsend and Crew (Apple Inc.'s legal representatives) and ModMy, LLC have been since tossing punches at each other for a while now, but of course we're no match for Apple - we have neither the time nor the money they do for this kind of stuff. In the end, we wound up with a signed agreement stating if we changed to ModMyi.com and ceased operating under the previous two names, they'd release us of any liability - so here we are. This means no more domain changes - we've got it in writing we're kosher now.

    With the move will come a few changes.

    You'll notice on the forums home page, we've added tabs at the top.

    We're taking this opportunity to broaden our forum discussion areas into all things Apple. Got an iPod Classic? MacBook? Discuss it in our new forums, and watch the front page for all kinds of Apple news now. Of course, our main love is still the iPhone and iPod Touch, and that's what we're all about. We figure, hey, if you guys love Apple products as much as we do, why not talk about 'em?

    Also, look for major graphical and structural changes and upgrades to the site all September, as we clean up and organize a ton, add functionality, and tweak stuff that isn't working great a the moment. If there's things you'd like to see at MMi (see, you can still call it MMi ), let us know by commenting in this thread - we're open to suggestions.

    ModMyi has grown by leaps and bounds over the past year to become the largest iPhone community on the net. You guys' feedback and participation is what makes us able to offer what we do, and stick around. We started out a year ago running on a single server which a buddy helped us run, and now have a half dozen fully dedicated beefy machines which serve up the ModMy, LLC network of sites. We're dedicated to bringing you the latest in iPhone/iPod Touch modding, tweaking, and customizing (hey, that's why we're here, and what we've been doing since the beginning). We love doing it, and plan on hanging around for a good long while. I don't see Apple stopping production of iPhone's anytime soon - you?

    Glad to have you with us, welcome to ModMyi.com.

    Oh, and if you've linked to us on any of your sites, blogs, etc, please help us out by changing that link to our new name. This domain change shouldn't be a big deal at all, but we'd still like to have folks pointing to the correct new domain.

    Also thanks to the singlehop crew for staying up with us all night helping us get up and running on the new domain name. Props!
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Goodbye ModMyiF0ne. Hello ModMyi. started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 105 Comments
    1. mobikob's Avatar
      mobikob -
      I think modmyipwn would have be a good kick in the nuts for apple.
      Maybe next time.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Love this place ... not surprised the 'big bull' was prancing around - and with all their $$$, they would legalize anybody to death. God forbid those who have a name similar to Apple, McDonalds, or the rest of the bullies.

      Regardless of the name, the enjoyment continues.

      Thought my DNS server was going wackey this morning .. with the redirect to modmyi -- then a time-out. I kept re-typing in the correct (oops ... old) name and it would change it back. Then I got in and didn't even bother to notice the change (viewing from an iPhone).

      Good luck all MMI ... and thanks for ...
    1. screamforme02's Avatar
      screamforme02 -
      Tear atleast you guys are not going away anytime soon
    1. meisterlumpi's Avatar
      meisterlumpi -
      If it wasn't for sites like these the iphone (ups, can I still say that here??) wasn't half as "big" as it is. Also things at that company will not change thus it's not even worth talking about it.

      thanks to the MMi crew for a great year and keep it up
    1. vandy1997's Avatar
      vandy1997 -
      How about ModMyiFunnest.com? This site is about fun; it's not about iPhones! Or ModMyiBone.com (and you can sell apple-shaped dog biscuits)! And didn't Cisco have a trademark on the word "iPhone" before Apple? Apple is not so innovative, is it? Maybe the iPhone 3G should be called the iPhail?
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      what if all I care about is the iPhone and I don't want to see mac news on the front page? I suggest you have an option to opt out of all non iPhone news.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Quote Originally Posted by JazJon View Post
      what if all I care about is the iPhone and I don't want to see mac news on the front page? I suggest you have an option to opt out of all non iPhone news.
      Uh, yah, that's been there since we went live on new domain this morning. Its the tab that says "iPhone" on front page.
    1. chbearsrock's Avatar
      chbearsrock -
      Got home late last night and didn't know what was going on..Glad to see the site is back up and better than ever .
    1. H0CKEY's Avatar
      H0CKEY -
      Phuck the legal way.....someone would gladly of paid them and steve jobs a personal visit and its funny how causing pain can change their playin hardball tactics, they are not safe 24/7 ...muahahahaa.

      Look at apple this way, if they want to threaten, and pick their style of war, there's never rules on how you return the fire
    1. pac^man's Avatar
      pac^man -
      Thanks for your great site.
      As others already said, the contents is what counts, not the name.

      Companies are so sick when it comes to naming and branding.
      And laws support them which kinda makes me sick
    1. w0by's Avatar
      w0by -
      Phone isn't even spelt Fone. Maybe Apple needs to go ahead and get to work on making the iPhone run better with less bugs and have features that a phone should have instead of going after tiny *** companies that have the word "fone" in it. Why in the hell does my contact list still load slow and sometimes the phone locks itself and won't get off the black locked screen unless I force it to restart? That's poor quality. And why is it that the first Macbook Pro that I bought didn't work when I took it out of the box and they had to send me a new one? Poor quality. Why is it that the second Macbook Pro I bought had a failing motherboard on it and they had to replace it? Poor quality. And just an FYI, that isn't user abuse, I leave my Macbook Pro's on a desk and it never gets taken off of the desk unless it's being cleaned.
    1. deadwilder's Avatar
      deadwilder -
      oh the free economy.
    1. mbaharvard's Avatar
      mbaharvard -
      I think it was a Shakespearean term where he wrote: "1st thing we do is kill all of the lawyers!" I present NO avocation of such a thing, but this is just an example of our totally busted AND broken legal system and the judges that choose to try cases with NO merit. Money talks from the Big Boys and sucks it away from the Little guy. I admire you for hanging in there, and I like the ModMyi nomenclature!

      Quote Originally Posted by w0by View Post
      Phone isn't even spelt Fone..
      I think the issue is with those who cannot spell PHONE and spell FONE, or, even, F0NE, instead as they attempt to search for iPhone related material. Apparently, Apple has decided ANY form of Phone - Fone - Fon - F0ne - F0ne, ad nauseum, is their right (and copyright). It is both an indictment on our education system as well as our legal system! And, SORRY, but is "spelt" even a word you know or did you mean "spelled"? I'm just axin' From othr sources: Spelt has a complex history. It is a hexaploid wheat species known from genetic evidence to have originated as a hybrid of a domesticated tetraploid wheat such as emmer wheat and the wild goat-grass Aegilops tauschii. This hybridisation must have taken place in the Near East because this is where Ae. tauschii grows, and it must have taken place prior to the appearance of bread wheat (Triticum aestivum, a hexaploid free-threshing derivative of spelt) in the archaeological record c. 8,000 years ago.
      Again, spelt is an ancient wheat (Triticum spelta syn. T. aestivum spelta) with spikelets containing two light red grains ; also : the grain of spelt

      Oh, Lord, where is the education these days?

      If you want to know my credentials for my iPhone, and my posts, I am on a jail-broken, unlocked, activated 2.1 firmware with iTunes 8.0 and all apps and Cydia apps working - not from Pwn, because I use Windows (I had to do it the hard way). I will most likely redo the entire process once the Windows Pwn is out.
    1. saifeeab's Avatar
      saifeeab -
      i wud have preferred in even shorter by just having MMi. sounds a little more contemporary and slick.

      anyways like everyone said, it isn't worth fighting Apple. Its like hitting yourself against a wall. so congrats on your new name.
    1. jniranjan's Avatar
      jniranjan -
      geez....stupid apple and their lawyers....what are they gonna do next.....change the name of the actual fruit "Apple"?!?!?!
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      Quote Originally Posted by poetic_folly View Post
      Uh, yah, that's been there since we went live on new domain this morning. Its the tab that says "iPhone" on front page.
      Got it thanks, I've updated my bookmark to go straight to the iPhone news.
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      You guys r troopers, thanks for defending the community, hang in there.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      MMi as a domain is out for two reasons:

      1) We're the ModMy guys. ModMyMoto, ModMyGphone, ModMyi. ModMy, LLC, in fact. Its all ModMy.

      2) All the 3 letter domains have been sold for years.
    1. 24trepid's Avatar
      24trepid -
      What's the new Installer repo ?
    1. wilson's Avatar
      wilson -
      you know what i am sick of Apply and their Iphone. i am going to return my iphone 3g (with in 30 day) tomorrow and go back to my HTC Tilt.