Apple Authorize the Term “Podcast”

The Global Geek Podcast LogoAbout two months ago I wrote to Steve Jobs and sent him a cheque for one dollar for the use of the term “podcast”. I did not expect a reply, I got one.

This is a story that I originally carried on The Global Geek Podcast Blog and I do not normally cross post but I thought this was worth a mention. I arrived home yesterday and I found a big yellow DHL envelope waiting for me. I had no idea what it was. Upon opening it I found that I had received a reply from Apple Trademark Department regarding my letter and payment. They were returning the payment and my letter. They also added that:

“Apple does not licence the term “podcast”.”

When this controversy started it was said that Apple stated that they had no objection to the use of the term. However, I think that this is the first time that it has been put in writing. In addition this is not a “rubber stamp” type letter, it is signed in pen by human hand. So it is official then that we can use the term.

I am not sure if this helps Podcast Ready, but I hope it does.

There were a few people out there that thought the original post was a stunt and I did not really send the letter. Well I did, Cam could not believe it when I told him I got a reply from them. Just goes to show that when I say I have done something, I have and will.

Go and check out the full story and the original article. Given the news at the time it was fairly amusing. We are still laughing about it. While you are there check out the latest show for The Global Geek Podcast, it was a blast. Knightwise had way too much coffee, he is still making apologies.

Or you might like to download the show right here.

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My Work Is Now Protected

I have been thinking a lot about this lately, especially since I posted that great picture of the frog. I was concerned about the fact that my work had no copyright protection.

Today I fixed that problem. I have obtained and placed on the blog page the details of the Creative Commons Licence for Rooster’s Rail. The license covers the whole blog, so I feel a little better now that the content on this blog has some form of protection.

Mind you having said that I am not with my head in the sand. This does not stop people from stealing content or images from the blog. But what it does do is give me some recourse if someone does.

Additionally on this topic Lorelle on WordPress wrote an excellent blog that talks about what to do if someone does steal your content. This is a fairly large topic but it is well covered and give a step by step guide and how-to. She also has links to other copyright articles that I highly recommend. A long read but a good read.

To sum up my license: anyone can copy, distribute and display my content as long as they acknowledge the author (Me!). The work may not be used for commercial purposes, that is to make money from it. Lastly, the work may not be altered in any way from how it was originally published.

You will now see at the bottom of the side bar the following information:

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