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MLB orders action against Baseball iPhone app

updated 12:45 am EDT, Fri July 18, 2008

MLB cease and desist

The Major League Baseball association is seeking action against a free iPhone application called Baseball (opens in iTunes), regarding its use of MLB team logos throughout the app. PC World reveals the app contains thousands of team and player statistics, reaching back to 1888, all the way until the current baseball season. On Monday, Mark Knopper - owner and proprietor of Bulbous Ventures - was instructed by email to remove all logos related to Major League Baseball, and associated teams.

Knopper says he will obey the order, but is saddened that his "labor of love" must undergo such changes, especially since it brought him no income, and was constructed out of sheer amusement. He admits he does not know what to use to replace the logos, but will either blur them out, or replace them with alternative images.

The move is just the latest in a long line of Major League Baseball threats, with the conglomerate blocking sales of Orioles-spoofing Obama shirts, and suing online fantasy baseball businesses in 2005. CBC Distribution and Marketing of CDM Fantasy Sports won a 2006 case against MLB, after the latter had deemed player names and statistics to be copyrighted material. MLB's appeal of the decision was thrown out of court, with the US Supreme court denying its petition.




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  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Boycott MLB

    Hit them where it hurts and stop watching games.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    Re: Boycott

    Right, they're protecting their copyrights and trademarks, so it is reason to boycott them. I'm sure if someone was using Apple logos throughout their product, you'd be complaining about Apple suing them.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    SportsLogos.net

    Why don't they cease and desist this guy

    http://www.sportslogos.net

  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    One thing vs another

    These logos are freely printed everywhere. If MLB does not want us to see their logos, I say fine. Lets not watch.

    This guy is not making money off their stuff, he is support MLB. But greed is becoming universal.

    Maybe he needs to take a picture of the logo in a public place, then it becomes his picture of the logo and MLB can bite d***.

    Just a thought.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    wrong way to do things

    he was not making any more and it was more of a hobby for his love of baseball.. looks kinda bad on teh MLB. though i believe in protecting your trademarks etc, he wasn't doing anything to harm them. in fact, i would have hired him to work on the MLB apps. i am sure he would have loved that, and problem would be solved.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Dumb

    This has to be one of the stupidest things a sports organization can do. Give me a break, it's free advertising in an industry without competition. What is somebody going to do, start up a new national baseball league and steal their logo because they weren't defending it! Give me a break.

    Go ahead MLB, tick your fans off and stop free advertisement. Your biggest enemy is yourself. If the NFL did this, I'd stop watching football. Fortunately for me, I could care less about baseball.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    MLB greeds

    I seriously think the MLB white collars need to get laid.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    Well, I'd agree

    with you Testudo, if the software was commercial, but this is free software. MLB cannot have my sympathy at all.
    I personally would replace as many logos as possible with parodies, such as the ducking fodgers, the wankees,..

  1. cblackmo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    ugly interface

    His interface is quite drab anyway - the logos won;t be missed too much.
    If I were MLB, I would've complained too... it's one thing for someone to borrow your logo, it's another thing to borrow it badly.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: Well, I'd agree

    The software might be free, but the product to use it on isn't. One could argue that their case lies in the fact Apple makes money on the iPod/iPhone in part because of this app.

    It's pretty thin, but some lawyer worth their pay could push it.

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