Apple’s iCloud launches and faces trade mark challenge

July 2011


Apple head honcho Steve Jobs has taken a break from his medical treatment and launched the company’s new music offering, the iCloud, at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Fully licensed by all four major record companies and publishers Billboard cited sources this weekend confirming that the split of revenues generated by the iCloud service will be 58% to the labels, 12% to the publishers and 30% to Apple. It will be interesting to see if Apple’s digital locker service will have more or less limitations compared to those launched by Amazon and Google, who decided to go without licenses – and perversely therefore don’t have any content owners to placate – and on first looks it appears that iCloud doesn’t actually allow you to store music in the cloud.

In separate news, it seems all is not well with Apple’s new names though. In iCloud news, a company called  In a iCloud Communications, LLC,  a Phoenix-based voice over IP provider, has claimed trademark infringements against Apple over the use of the name iCloud in a law suit filed in the US District Court in Arizona and New York book publisher has filed a lawsuit against Apple claiming its use of the term “iBook” violates the publisher’s trademark. The suit, filed yesterday by J.T. Colby and Co. in U.S. Southern District Court for New York, claims the trademark was acquired in 2006 and 2007 along with various assets of Byron Preiss, who had published more than 1,000 books under the “ibooks” brand starting in 1999.

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