GetJar scoffs at Apple's Cease and Desist letter, says Steve Jobs "isn't our Dad"

GetJar scoffs at Apple's Cease and Desist letter, says Steve Jobs
It appears that Apple is at it again, trying to keep the "App Store" name all to itself. Sending a "Cease and Desist" letter to GetJar, Apple said that it does not want the online applications purveyor calling itself an "app store". GetJar's response, posted on its blog, is truly classic. They told Apple that, "GetJar won't be subject to this kind of bullying. We're not going to 'Cease & Desist'. We were here long before Steve & Co. We were built by developers, to help developers. Not to help sell handsets or search results. In the words of Twisted Sister: We're not going to take it! Steve Jobs isn't our Dad."

GetJar notes that it doesn't compete with Apple as the latter's App Store is a closed system while GetJar distributes free apps to whomever wants them. Furthermore, on its blog, GetJar notes that is doesn't get much traffic from the Apple iPhone and redirects traffic to Apple's App Store as a courtesy. The company says that its Android traffic is much bigger and more important to them but as the largest free app store serving over 2,500 in 190 countries, they do not want to discriminate against Apple the way that "Apple has discriminated against us".

GetJar makes some salient points including the fact that Apple filed with the USPTO to trademark the "App Store" in 2008 and were denied. "As Apple has a hard time with the word 'No," they refiled the application and were given a provisional trademark as long as there were no objections. Microsoft and others did object which means that Apple may not really own the "App Store" phrase. GetJar says it has used the term "app store" since early 2009 without hearing from the guys at Cupertino. The timing, suggests GetJar has to do with them giving apps away for free, something that Apple is not happy with.

Regardless of your feelings about Apple, GetJar's response needs to be read. They might not be the first company to pen a firm response to Apple, but it is not every day that you read a response to Steve Jobs and crew that shows utter disdain for what the application distributor calls "bullying" by the gang at Cupertino. The entire response can be read at the sourcelink, and we are sure that you are going to want to respond no matter which side of the argument you are on.

source: GetJar via Phonescoop



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30 Comments

1. @M0nkeyBr unregistered

I am Happy Someone is finally standing up to apple and saying "JUST CUS YOU APPLE DOESN'T MAKE JESUS CHRIST" (caps required) You cant own the word App store you cant trademark generic everyday word apple

5. osu992 unregistered

Actually...The Beatles own the trademark on "Apple."

3. PGS unregistered

Wow... Nice to see someone's standing up to apple. Regardless of whether or not you like apple, you got admit they're kind of like a bully. Hopefully, everything will work out for get jar. And no, I'm not a fandroid. I've actually owned a macbook and an iPod Touch, but I don't agree with everything Apple does.

4. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

i want an app for that response xD GETJAR GO GO GO!!! =D

6. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Lol. Kickass.

7. Leyjee

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 25, 2011

good on ya, why is apple still trying even though they have been denied permission twice?

12. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

losing market share.... patenting is the easiest way to make money if you actually get it

8. stealthd unregistered

Did anyone actually know GetJar existed before this? Granted App Store is a pretty general term that Apple is all but guaranteed to not win legal protection for, it seems pretty stupid for such a tiny company to pick a fight with someone that can easily bury them in legal fees.

10. ilia1986 unregistered

GetJar existed before the iPhone. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GetJar

13. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Who cares if they existed since the ice age? They're unknown, and now they're getting attention by using a popular term owned by Apple. The AppStore. They're just another one of those small companies who hunger for attention, so they ride on to a company that is popular to get noticed.

16. ilia1986 unregistered

Right... THEY just wanna get NOTICED - BECAUSE APPLE IS ABOUT TO FRICKEN SUE THEM. That makes perfect sense. Right.

17. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

No, Gemini, they only got attention because the Wall Street Journal published an article detailing Apple's Cease and Desist letter. Now, they're responding so they can show that they will stand up to bullying. Only you, Gemini. Only you can make Goliath look like the f**king good guy here.

18. ilia1986 unregistered

Thats right.. Seriously, Gemini, GatJar doesn't even have the word "Appstore" on it's front page. Just in the about section:GetJar is the world’s largest free app store with over 2 billion downloads to date.And yeah - they existed long before the iPhone. Clearly they should cease and desist all operations because of that, right? I mean - AppStore is a patented term, right?! I mean - NO ONE is allowed to put the word "AppStore" on their website, without written authorization from Steve, RIGHT?!This isn't just bullying as GetJar said it is - it's absolutely insanely FRICKEN RIDICULOUS. Maybe Apple should also patent the word "phone". That way - all of us wouldn't be able to get a Samsung phone - but a Samsung.. oh wait? Did you hear? Apple patented the word "Samsung" As well. Part of the deal with them - for Samsung to take a look at the iPhone 5 - which will be an iPhone 4 with revolutionary round mute switch, instead of the current bar-shaped.

22. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you were right up until the last paragraph... that you went ballistic... time for your pill again

24. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

i was being sarcastic on the last part. didnt mean as an insult.. i reread it and got that feeling.. thats why i post this

25. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You're cool. No one is going to take your Cheerios away for a joke, Gallito. :)

26. ilia1986 unregistered

Yeah you're right - I overreacted. Just pisses me off that Apple is behaving in such a way... And people support it.

31. Ahmad1987 unregistered

Hey ilia laurs, I think you are the CEO yourself right? I am with you. And about apple, they really suck...they are extremely selfish...they dont allow even adobe flash player on their f**kstore. They dont allow other manufacturers to install anyof thier O.S on any device etc. Otherwise, i think it would be apple rather than microsoft being the biggest giant. Bill Gates by himself went to IBM and asked them to install windows on their computers for FREEand that was the turning point for microsoft. But apple.....

29. Are you kidding? unregistered

Getjar is unknown??? My my my, what a closed off, locked down tight world you must live in. You probably never downloaded a jar before you buy a little iphone and started to think you were the "app" master lol. They rest of didn't need, or wait for smartphones to get our fix. Sorry newb.

11. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

oh you got it wrong... it's APPLE the big bully bullying little companies... the fight did not start by GetJar read the article again... and i thought my english was bad =]

9. Simba501

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

GetJar has been around for a while. I remember them supplying me apps for my WinMo device and even a feature phone I had.

14. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Yes, they've probably been around for a while, but no one has heard of them until now. Why? Because they ride on to Apple's popularity just like everyone else :)

15. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

No, YOU haven't heard of them because you live in a closed and sheltered environment. No one has ever associated GetJar with Apple, and no one ever calls it "The GetJar AppStore", we just call it GetJar. So until a court says they have to stop, I think they have every right to use the term. Peace!

19. skejit

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

I don't know if you're the biggest troll ever, or just dumb as rocks. GetJar is not riding anything. It's Apple who picked this fight. It's not like GetJar saw Apple try to get at Amazon and jumped into the mix. Just because you haven't heard of GetJar doesn't mean no one has heard of em. I've been using GetJar for a few years now.If you are trolling, please troll harder.

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

just because a couple of geeks have heard of GetJar. wow big acomplishment.... remember geeks is the minority of the population... an average person with a life outside a computer hasnt heard of getjar,... and this is a fight they win (getJar) and now average consumer will go to that site and download some apps.. baby.. thats were I donwloaded Cut the Rope for free....

27. ztedac

Posts: 69; Member since: May 17, 2010

it's just you never get out of the apple box until apple sue them then you will hear them ....

20. waseem007 unregistered

Guys...I own an iphone and love their gadets but in this case they are wrong.bullying a small company that is serving people free of cost..We all must support GetJar becuase they are free..they are serving humanity while apple is just a fu**ing business organisaton..Strange to hear support for Apple from some inhuman felllas

21. 3g unregistered

thats why we will continue to jailbreak all their devices and get all paid apps for free from that f**king app store...lol.i hate them but i love their ios and apps just because unlike android once jailbroken every single app and game on the app store is just at the tip of ma fingures.lol

28. andro unregistered

Its almost becoming a daily occurance now where you have to stop and laugh at Apples expense,their stupidity knows now bounds

30. Heng Narath unregistered

I've downloaded applications from GetJar since the first color phone introduced.

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