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German Amazon Appstore devs locked out in Apple dispute

updated 09:40 am EDT, Mon August 1, 2011

Amazon Appstore stops new apps in Germany

Amazon may have bowed to pressure as the company is telling Appstore developers it has frozen new app submissions coming from Germany. The company explained that a "legal action" from Apple over the Appstore name was barring it from taking any Android apps from those located in the European country, even though they would sell in the US. As expected, Amazon argued the dispute was "without merit," mocoNews' copy of the message read.

New app submissions would come back "soon," though Amazon made no promises as to what that would be.

The exact legal problems blocking Germany aren't clear but may revolve around how international trademark law applies in the country.

Amazon won't take a severe hit from the restriction but may face added pressure. It successfully fended off an injunction in the US but, without a trial start due until October 2012, could see international expansion limited until the dispute is over. The court has suggested Apple might lose, but not for some time.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Justice delayed, Justice Denied

    It's called FUD--fear, uncertainty and doubt. Apple is big enough and rich enough, it can afford to start a lawsuit it knows it will lose just for the trouble it creates for Droid developers. In the 1960s, segregationists such as George Wallace were doing the same thing. What they could not stop they delayed. As Martin Lunther King put it, "Justice delayed, is justice denied"

    I'm growing disgusted all these giant tech companies using their lawyers to bully competitors rather than simply creating the best products. Google thought copyright law didn't apply to them. They lost. Amazon tried to bully POD publishers. They settled out-of-court with a big payment. Apple thinks it owns the word "App."

  1. ethical_paul

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You should love apple then

    They created the best products. Others are copying them. You should be on Apple's side, clearly.

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