Having missed out on Amazon, Apple lowers its App Store ray gun on GetJar

Having missed out on Amazon, Apple lowers its App Store ray gun on GetJar

One of the moderately noteworthy snippets of news from the past week was that Amazon was officially given the green light to continue using the Appstore name by a US court, despite Apple's objections.

Well, for the time being anyway – the Amazon case might be back in courts late next year. But Apple's legal harrumphing hasn't just been focused on Amazon, it turns out: third-party app store GetJar has revealed it has also crossed the Cupertino legal firm's radar.

If you're not aware, GetJar has been ticking over nicely for a couple of years now, hosting free apps for any platform and claiming to be “the world's largest free app store”.

Indeed, we recall it describing itself not too long ago as the world's second biggest app store of all (behind THE App Store), though we're not sure if Android Market has since changed that fact.

Anyhow, despite not really trying to make much hay at all out of the “app store” name, and generally not offending anyone at any point, GetJar it seems has still had a letter from Apple's lawyers arriving through the post.

Turns out that even GetJar calling itself the world's largest free app store is unacceptable to the Big A, even if – as PocketNow points out – it's a claim nowhere to be seen on the site's homepage.

Unsurprisingly, GetJar CEO Ilja Laurs isn't impressed: “We have built a strong, global and growing business around this model, and plan to continue to use the phrase 'app store' to describe what we do.

“This move by Apple is yet more proof that the company tends to act as if it is above the law, and even as one of the smaller players in the space, we won't be bullied by Apple.”

Strong words indeed, but we can't help but feeling sympathy. In the same week as Apple announced it had hit 15 billion app downloads, from many of which it pocketed a 30% cut simply for providing the digital store front, is this sort of thing really necessary?

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3 comments

justanother182  Jul. 10, 2011 at 15:26

This has gone way beyond anything necessary Apple!
We know you're a big player, the figures are there - 15 billion app downloads: We know it, you know it.
But it wouldn't matter if it was 1 billion or just 1.
This particular case, is, silly!

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 10, 2011 at 18:57

Agree, this is silly.
A problem is of course that all those companies are somewhat silly... Remember when getjar banned Opera Mini? O_o

I'd get Apple's point if, say, iOS was more open and someone opens an iOS apps Apps Store and imitates Apple's logo etc...

blizzard7  Jul. 10, 2011 at 20:58

Things like this makes me glad I don't buy Apple products any more.

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