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GetJar To Apple: We’re Not Going To Take It!

Getjar Vs. Apple

As some of you may have seen in today’s Wall Street Journal, an article appeared entitled “Apple Lawyers to GetJar: Drop App Store”. In this article, the journalist highlights the fact that we’ve received a Cease & Desist (C&D) notice from Apple for our use of the term “app store.” We’ve issued a statement to the press full of legalese and formalities explaining what’s happened here and our position. This blog post reflects what we think is really happening and our position.

First, this isn’t really about Apple vs. GetJar. It would be presumptuous of us to think so given the difference in size and scale that’s apparent between the two companies.  Better yet, we don’t even compete with Apple.  Nobody can on iOS as they’re a closed ecosystem. We merely re-direct Apple users to Apple’s App Store as a courtesy. We do this for free with nothing in return. We don’t even get much Apple traffic and our Android traffic is hundreds of times larger and strategically far more important. Why do we even do it? Because as the largest FREE app store that serves consumers on over 2,500 devices in 190 countries we don’t discriminate against Apple users although Apple apparently chooses to discriminate against us.

The truth is that we’re both really surprised and also very disappointed with Apple’s C&D notice.  First, let’s look at the facts:

  • GetJar was started by developers for developers in 2004 as a beta testing platform. We started formally distributing free apps in early 2005 and are among the pioneers of the modern direct-to-consumer (D2C) app store distribution space when the iPhone was just an R&D project in Steve Job’s head. So it’s not as if we were waiting around for Apple to come up with the idea of app stores and decided in 2011: “Apps will be big, let’s scribble together a business plan and raise some VC money!”
  • It’s questionable whether Apple even owns the term “App Store” to begin with.  If you look at the case being battled out between Apple and other 3rd parties and really do some homework you’ll see that:
    • They filed to register App Store in 2008 with the USPTO and were denied the mark.
    • Since Apple has a tough time with the word “NO” they filed again and were given a “provisional” registration under the condition that they could TM App Store if nobody opposed the registration.  Well it just so happens that Microsoft among others did oppose it.
    • So for Apple to be going around threatening or suing others on the basis of a tenuous “ownership” claim of a generic name that isn’t 100% theirs is seriously “taking-the-piss” as the English would say and we would probably use more colorful language here in the US.
    • GetJar has been using the term “App Store” in press releases and in it’s positioning with consumers, trade, analysts and press since early 2009 and it’s only now that Apple has decided to send us a C&D.  That said, GetJar does not use the term in it’s brand/slogan or strapline.

Those facts are hard to dispute. It puzzles us that Apple’s C&D notice comes on the back of a major PR and marketing campaign initiated by GetJar as we helped bring one of iOS’s most popular games, Cut The Rope, to Android. As their exclusive distribution launch partner, we help bring a game that had just won the Apple Design Award to Android consumers the world over. At the same time, we shifted our company positioning from Appsolutely Everything to Appsolutely FREE, since GetJar has been and always will be about FREE apps.  Is this timing purely coincidental? Or does Apple care more about the fact that we’re trying to give apps away for free to consumers? You be the judge.

Second, let’s look at where the industry is heading. The truth is really alarming.  The ecosystem as a whole is becoming increasingly closed. It’s character is dictated by larger companies exercising excessive force to get bigger shares of the pie.  For example, Android was supposed to be FREE and open; yet developers can’t choose their billing solution. They have their price points micro-managed for them without input.  If Apple isn’t suing Amazon, it’s suing start-ups. Now Microsoft, who is struggling to gain traction with Windows Mobile, is charging OEM’s for using Android using our country’s broken patent system.  Where are all of these law suits and threats getting us? Is anyone actually worrying about whether app developers and content providers make enough money to keep the lights on?

In conclusion, 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.

We have always been an advocate for developers. We’ve shared our manifesto on pricing. As a matter of fact, we’re hereby starting a Facebook Cause called The Open And Free App Movement (#OFAM) to encourage every pissed off developer, start-up, carrier, OEM or NGO who is fed up with this crap to make their voice heard. So if you give a damn and want to help please:

Keep Apps FREE and OPEN!

Patrick (Mad) Mork (CMO)

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  • dan bright

    Much respect guys. This whole ordeal seems like a joke. Good thing nobody trademarked “grocery store” or “convenience store”.

  • http://www.webguide4u.com Vivek Parmar

    Developers should be get respect

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  • Cyrus Young

    I demand a +1 button!

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    What’s next. Walmart trying to stop any “unauthorized” use of “Grocery Store”?

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  • Matija Erceg

    “it’s brand/slogan” – should be its, not it’s

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  • http://www.facebook.com/memoryregix Justin Ray Bruntmyer

    Developers get respect.. but when a giant like Apple… er I mean that fruit company… starts to fear it? There’s a war going down…

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  • http://autom8r.com Sam Blogs Android

    Bunch of jerks Apple, seriously… enough is enough!

  • http://www.techdrivein.com/ Manuel

    Apple is going down, they don’t deserve it.

  • Anonymous

    Hope iPhone sinks like the titanic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kyan-Wan/1302433201 Kyan Wan

    I love it – Apple thinks they invented the word: “Application”. “App” is shorthand for the word.

    *shrug*

    I suppose they’ve got the same drunk fratboy doing their legal work as they have doing their development. (laff – that guy still makes me sick.)

    People – dump your iPhone if you still got one. The Appholes at Apple need to get what they deserve – absolutely NOTHING.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kyan-Wan/1302433201 Kyan Wan

    Back in the day we called em Crapple. They’re living up to their old name.

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  • Hasdf

    Without developers, Apple is nothing.

    GO GO GO GO developers!

  • Anon

    Good for you GetJar! It’s about time people stopped being pushed around and told Apple to STFU with its whining. I’d also like to add, thanks for the free d/l of “Cut the Rope”!

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  • http://profiles.google.com/kstagg Kevin Stagg

    Good for you GetJar. You just got yourself a new customer.

  • Dustin_hufford

    Thanks for the spelling lesson douche, go play with your iphone.

  • Kenny Delp

    Apple is no longer making money on their phones or tablets. Their to expensive and restrictive. They now make all their money from litigation. Open source is your friend!

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    I love you guys!

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  • Alexvolanis

    Apple has absolutely no legal leg to stand on. Do not give into bullying.

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  • pavers

    Nicely said.

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  • Panchovilla

    fuck apple

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  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Ben-Ritchie/516401687 Ben Ritchie

    Good work, especially differentiating yourself in this marketplace..

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  • CodeMonkey

    As an Englishman – full marks on good usage of ‘taking the piss’.
    Good luck guys!

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  • Steve001bb

    Couldn’t agree more with this post….it seems that apple is becoming a monopoly which shouldn’t be possible…maybe in a communist society apple would reign supreme but cmon let’s be realistic…apple should not be getting away with taking all the supplies needed to make their products and literally using them all up…apple can’t keep owning everything they touch bottomline!

  • Steve001bb

    Couldn’t agree more with this post….it seems that apple is becoming a monopoly which shouldn’t be possible…maybe in a communist society apple would reign supreme but cmon let’s be realistic…apple should not be getting away with taking all the supplies needed to make their products and literally using them all up…apple can’t keep owning everything they touch bottomline!

  • Anonymous

    Whoa calm down. He’s just pointing out an elementary mistake you would think someone would have caught proofreading it once. No need to be a douche about it and get Anti-Apple over it too.

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  • Chris Brown

    [quote]Is anyone actually worrying about whether app developers and content providers make enough money to keep the lights on?[/quote]

    Worried? I’m terrified. The broken patent system is literally going to ruin good business practice (and by good I mean good for the consumer, not the companies). They just hand out patents and trademarks without really thinking about the long term. Generic terms should not be allowed to be trademarked, period. App Store is too generic because it literally means Application Store, a store where you buy applications. It is not specific enough. If someone made an “app store” called the Android Market, that’s obviously an infringement (I dont know if Google TM’d that but you see my point). If Apple wants the TM “Apple App Store”, fine, its more specific. But “app store” alone is just too generic and these old farts who get to decide on these things need to quit and let people with young functional brains get in those chairs. Our economy has a lot of problems and this is one of them.

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  • http://twitter.com/RobotDavid David

    +1 for you guys!

  • http://twitter.com/Mrt1connect Mrt1connect

    I love you guys, keep developing.

  • http://twitter.com/korbindallis Francis Fernandes

    good for you
    fight the good fight getjar

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    [...] recently penned a somewhat lengthy post, letting his feelings on the subject be known.  He presents a timeline of events and facts [...]

  • http://www.givememind.com/getjar-responds-to-apples-cease-and-desist-over-app-store/ GetJar Responds To Apple’s Cease And Desist Over ‘App Store’ | GiveMeMind

    [...] not budging — a post on the service’s developer blog says Apple can stuff it, more or less. To be fair, the company says it’s not really competing with Apple, instead [...]

  • Spamkonto10

    Some other facts:
    1. The word “app” was not common at all for Software till 2008.
    2. Expecially not in combination with “store” as there was no store you could dowload software on the fly to your mobile phone
    3. Now everyone says this has been a common word since ever but that´s not true. You know the App Store from Apple ONLY.
    4. If Apple wouldn´t exist you won´t have any modern Smartphone, and large toucscreen, any mobile store, any Tablet, no Android, no Windows Phone7, nothing. This is another fact.
    5. So after copying iPhone, iPods, iPads and iOS people try to steal the word app store, established by Apple ONLY. Why? Because they want to benefit from Apples idea and name, not having any own idea.

    So respect Apple´s products and ideas, don´t try to copy everything, you all did profit from Apple´s ideas in past and future.

  • sheeeeesh

    1 – http://web.archive.org/web/20060424140151/http://www.getjar.com/software/ begs to differ
    2 – There were plenty of ones that worked for windows mobile, nokia.
    3 – I wouldnt say only, but yes mostly.
    4 – What a bunch of bull, and how can it be a fact, got a link for that? Android has been with google since 2005 and do you really think it takes only a year to develop such a system? Apple has done many great things, but dont ignore the history. Give credit to where credit is due, and it is not entirely Apples.
    5 – Yes, of course. And the fruit should change the name, because what have really apples given us? Nothing compared to Apple. I think Canon, Samsung and many other manufacturers does not agree that Apple hasnt stolen anything.

    Yes, we do respect Apple. but you should respect the history.

  • http://blog.getjar.com/developer/update-thank-you-for-the-tremendous-support/ Update: Thank You For The Tremendous Support « GetJar Developer Blog

    [...] that our plight would strike such a chord amongst the community. Since thew news broke Friday of Apple’s C&D against us, the support just keeps coming and coming. This blog has gotten over 40k visits in 4 days, which [...]

  • Nicolas Bousquet

    Basically you started to use AppStore term after Apple did. So even if they failed to have their mark registered, it is obvious that it was to benefit from the momentum Apple managed to make with it that you did it. Second you start to have argument about closed systems and all. That’s nice, but this is not relevant. The important point for me is that the mark is not registered, so you should be free to use it.

  • Mr. Android » Blog Archive » GetJar to Apple: We Won’t be Subject to This Kind of Bullying

    [...] recently penned a somewhat lengthy post, letting his feelings on the subject be known.  He presents a timeline of events and facts [...]

  • GetJar responds to Apple’s ‘app store’ legal letter « Allgemein « Android Handys, iPhone, iPad2, iPhone5

    [...] a candid blog GetJar revealed that, like Amazon, it had also received a letter to stop using the term app store [...]

  • http://www.tuttoandroid.net/android/apple-chiede-a-getjar-di-smettere-di-usare-il-termine-app-store-23507/ Apple chiede a GetJar di smettere di usare il termine “app store” – Tutto Android

    [...] al post completo per chi volesse leggere la versione originale del [...]

  • Harel

    Hear hear! Well done

  • http://www.erikpelton.com/2011/07/13/apples-app-store-trademark-enforcement-more-backlash-than-good/ Apple’s APP STORE trademark enforcement: more backlash than good? – Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC

    [...] enough, Get Jar has blogged about the letter and has created groups on Facebook and Twitter to amass support for its cause. Get Jar has received [...]

  • Apfel Zone | Getjar wehrt sich gegen Apple

    [...] Schritten und fordert den Softwareshop auf, den Begriff App Store nicht mehr zu verwenden. In einer Stellungnahme von Getjar gibt sich das Unternehmen kämpferisch und zeigt sich unbeeindruckt von Apples Angriff. Getjar will [...]

  • Unknown

    GetJar should acquire Cydia. Then slap Apple on the face.

  • qwerty_

    GetJar has been around for years.. I remember visiting their site to put games on my Java-powered dumbphone!

  • MaxArt

    1. I hope you’re kidding… The word “app” exists since the word “application” was invented, and in software development it was used at least back in the ’80.
    2. Sprint Software Store since 2006. “Software” instead of “app”: big deal, uh?
    3. Mostly, but it still doesn’t matter: “app store” is too generic, period. No one should patent the term just because it was the first one to use it in a growing trend.
    4. Google acquired Android in 2005, mobile stores aready existed, large touchscreens too (the LG Prada was lunched BEFORE the iPhone, google it) and if you don’t have a crystal ball just shut up.
    5. I think it’s just because just because a place that sells something can be called “market”, “shop”, “store” and not much else withouth being ridicolous; and an application can be called “software”, “program” and “application”. Make some combination and you pretty much got everything.
    And they’re ALL GENERIC TERMS that shouldn’t be patented in any way.

    I respect Apple and their products, but I fight their ideas.

  • MaxArt

    Bear Grylls would be proud.

  • http://www.adotas.com/2011/07/quick-hits-getjar-bites-its-thumb-at-apple/ Quick Hits: GetJar Bites Its Thumb at Apple

    [...] of the term “app store.” GetJar’s response? “Hell no!” Check out its reasons for pooh-poohing Apple’s demands, and Mobile Marketer’s analysis of Apple’s legal [...]

  • patrick mork

    lived in the UK 5 years. you’re more then welcome mate ;)

  • patrick mork

    you’re welcome. hope you liked it. stay tuned for more!

  • patrick mork

    The mark wasn’t registered. As I said in my post they tried but even when it was “provisionally” given it was disputed. They never settled it so they have nothing to sue us over.

  • patrick mork

    thanks Kevin!

  • patrick mork

    probably not. Walmart isn’t that arrogant or stupid. ;)

  • patrick mork

    we’ll work on that for you! thanks

  • http://twitter.com/mutlu82 Murat Mutlu

    I think it’s awesome when men pretend to be women to get more traffic to their blog

  • Mememe

    maybe it was a bad idea to copy their name. getjar already existed before iphone and appstore, so i don’t understand why getjar ppl had to start copying apple. oh well…

    and before u start, i have and android phone. it sucks, just like any android phone. but it’s an android one.

  • http://twitter.com/xoj_21 José Gálvez

    its bullshit, APPLE can’t do anything to you u made the APP STORE WAY BEFORE THE patent. or anything.

    i remenber download jars for 6230 in 2005

  • http://droiduniverse.com/blog/2011/08/08/google-acquires-a-new-marketing-director-of-mobile-apps-from-getjar/ Google acquires a new marketing director of mobile apps from GetJar | Droid Universe

    [...] GetJar has been busy mixing words with Apple over the use of the App Store moniker, Google has stepped in and snagged their chief marketing [...]

  • http://betterthaniphone.com/android-2/google-acquires-a-new-marketing-director-of-mobile-apps-from-getjar/ Google acquires a new marketing director of mobile apps from GetJar | Better Than Iphone – Samsung, HTC is Better Than Iphone

    [...] GetJar has been busy mixing words with Apple over the use of the App Store moniker, Google has stepped in and snagged their chief marketing [...]

  • http://buildyourbusinesswebsite.com/blog03/google-acquires-a-new-marketing-director-of-mobile-apps-from-getjar/ Google acquires a new marketing director of mobile apps from GetJar | Blog03

    [...] GetJar has been busy mixing words with Apple over the use of the App Store moniker, Google has stepped in and snagged their chief marketing [...]

  • Senia333

    Apple going down…they know it… they can’t surprise us with Iphone 5… Good touch screen and big app store is so 2009 :D

  • Altema

    I’ve been a longtime fan of GetJar, and have been downloading apps directly to mobile phones ever since I discovered GetJar. I’m kind of clueless as to why Apple thinks they could win such a suit… unless the judge and jury have all taken a drink from the iCoolaid stand. I should reveal that I’m a telecommunications engineer and often push the limit of phones and PDA’s, and we do testing of Apple products in addition to owning a few myself.
    However, I believe that Apple thinks they can sue anyone for anything just because the think they are a technology diety… a perception shared among many Apple users. It is very amusing when someone is confronted with the reality that, in some cases, Apple products are not the best. And since I often test features and capabilities of mobile devices, I find that there are lots of examples where a relatively inexpensive phone does far better. Even when shown this in person, they try and slap you in the face is by saying “You don’t have the app store!” Well, truth be told, neither does Apple…

    Long Live GetJar!

  • Filmo

    Far as I’m concerned first great free app store officially intigrated into an operating system was Debian apt get and Redhat’s RPM packages.

  • frodo wiz

    long live android.. maybe someone will make a “pushing up daisies” app for iphone.. for all the unemployed imac fags we can develope an app called “no more jobs”

  • Mike

    Apple sucks!

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  • Eforsyth63

    Rotten apples are full of worms.