Amazon Stops Accepting Apps In Germany Due To Apple's App Store Trademark Claim
from the playing-trademark-hardball dept
While it appears that Apple is not having much luck in the US in claiming that Amazon violated its trademark by offering an App Store that sells (you guessed it!) apps, apparently it is having an impact in Germany. Copycense points us to the news that Amazon has sent a letter to developers in Germany telling them it can no longer accept any new apps for its app store due to this dispute:
Subject: Important Notice for Germany Based Developers
Dear Amazon Appstore Developer,
Thank you for your participation in the Amazon Appstore for Android. We wanted to notify you of a recent change to your Developer Portal account; for the time being, we are not accepting new app submissions from developers located in Germany. We have been forced to impose this restriction due to a legal action filed by Apple in Germany seeking to prevent us from using the term ?appstore.? We believe Apple?s claim is without merit and are actively contesting it.
When you log into your Developer Portal account, you will notice that the options to add new apps have been removed. We hope to begin accepting new apps from German developers again soon and will notify you as soon as we are able to do so.
We appreciate your patience and your continued interest in the Amazon Appstore for Android.
Amazon Appstore Account Team
While I’m guessing this makes Apple happy, it really is showing the world what a bully the company is when it comes to developers. You can get away with that for some time, but when there are real alternatives…