Who owns "podcast"?

I had read earlier that Apple went after some small companies who were using names with "pod" for products (even a few like Profit Pod and TightPod that don't even have anything to do with portable audio).

Today I read that Apple Computer has hit Podcast Ready (they have a product, myPodder, that lets you download podcasts to a portable device) with a "cease and desist" letter, claiming that the terms "Podcast Ready" and "myPodder" infringe Apple's trademarks. (see this post from Wired's Listening Post blog)

Major blogger Robert Scoble of PodTech and has written that the tech community should start using other terms (like audiocast, videocast, audcast, vidcast) to describe this type of content.

Of course, someone could fight Apple too. Maybe they will not want the negative press that comes from acting Microsofty, and just be happy with all the buzz iPods get from the use of podcast and other poddy terms. Think of all the people who still think that you can't listen to a podcast unless you have an iPod!


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