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Apple Sues Online Polish Deli Over Their Name, “A.pl”

In a new low, Apple is taking a Polish online deli business to court over their website’s name. Their site resides at “a.pl” – “pl” being Poland’s country-wide domain. Apple argues that the name is too similar to their own and that consumers are getting confused when entering the site. Seriously, how could one tell the difference between a honey baked ham and a 27″ iMac.

According to Polish news sites, the trial could last several years to finally be resolved. Why it would take so long for the Polish courts to throw such a redonkulous claim out the window is beyond me. Feel free to sound off down below.

Via: PC Mag

  • Dulshan Kalpage

    Bahahahahahh the fruit company strikes again!

  • chormak

    I wonder what iwoz has to say he created apple and he is polish so will he eventually be suing apple

  • Chris

    Over a URL that contains a Polish TLD? OMG these people need to be stopped!

  • “What we’re really saying is that we want to steal a.pl through legal BS so that we can use it as a short url, next up will be
    http://www.ipdusa.com/ because people can confuse it as a website full of ipod accessories for your car.

  • Kerry Davies

    wow

  • Trusty

    “Trial could last several years”. Great! more $ Apple has to pay to their lawyers.

  • C-Law

    Apple is just ridiculous.. Seriously..

  • YogurtBites

    Damn this cheese has terrible reception.

  • Washington Apples, you’re next! {{^_^}}

  • wilhelmina slater

    Next thing they will do is sue ABC for using an apple with Desperate Housewives.

  • trent

    new tonight apple claims there first “apple copyright” which is when no one can use say or do anything with that product/object. Apple has filed a claim saying anyone who says the word “apple” will immediately be fined 450 dollars. steve jobs comments on this “quite magical!”

  • Jedi-Ninja

    Apple…you are truly a herpe on society.

  • Trevor

    Sorry to be so blunt, but Apple are a bunch of assholes.

  • toolate

    Am I too late

  • Moeyknight

    Let me know when these idiots try to sue Apple Records. Actually, I would LOVE it if Apple Records would sue them.

  • 7H3LaughingMan

    If you do a WHOIS on a.pl you will find out that it was created on “1999.01.13 12:00:00”, now why did Apple wait so long to sue these guys?

  • jory

    If .pl is Poland’s nation-wide domain address, the deli’s only contribution would be the letter A. If Apple is pursuing this case, shouldn’t they be suing the country of Poland since it contributed the majority of the letters to form 3 letters that would still need another p and an e to spell “apple”? And if people who are interested in buying apple computers are really “getting confused” by the name, maybe they should be sued for being illiterate.

  • Corey Marrier

    For a second there I thought I was on theonion.com

  • Clearly those f**cks wants a.pl domain for their commercial usage to look more superior to their customers.

    F-U-AAPL!

  • I know why they are truly doing this. They just want to get http://www.a.pl as their short url, like other companies (google goo.gl, facebook fb.me, youtube youtu.be). However suing to get a domain name for “a.pl/iphone” is too ridiculous.

  • United We Stand

    We have the power “Stand together” boycott Apple products….Power to the people… Remember what happen to Netflix. UNITED WE STAND

  • bmedic1999

    Run Gweneth Paltrow……they are going to make you change your son’s name. Run now !!!

  • I dislike Apple just as much as most of you, but I’m tired of coming here to DL and being inundated with Apple this and Apple that. An occasional patent dispute story is OK…but enough with the i*phone 5 and these types of stories.

  • Capt. Crunch

    This is just sick…

  • MikeCiggy

    redonkulous
    – re.donk’u.lous adj.

    something so out of control, so over the top that it takes ridiculous to the next level.

  • Sven Enterlein

    I think I found the true reason why Apple sued them: They want the domain name as a short URL alias just like goo.gl or fuk.yu. Typing three more letters would be a burden on a ginormous 4″ phone!

  • Filip

    Rant: This blog has turned into an Apple blog this week. Try again.

  • Walks into Apple store, “Hey, where are those hams I saw on your website?” – said no one ever.

    • Sven Enterlein

      Hey, comparing apples to oranges has a completely new meaning now!

    • That would actually work in their favor, they are suing over all the people that went to the deli looking for overpriced computers.

  • DivingDancer

    Yeah, because I always confuse a smartphone with a bratwurst.

    Oh wait, in the case of an iPhone…

  • The Dude Abides

    I think the have a point as you can get a big Polish sausage from both businesses.

  • jimtrayer

    Apple is Jablko in polish!

  • bfinster76

    Today’s lawsuit is brought to you by the letter “a”.

    OK, the breakdown is
    this – many websites from Poland end in .pl. The
    deli put the letter a in front of it. I bet there is a b.pl, c.pl, etc. as well
    (sure as sh1t there is, I googled them).
    So Apple is putting up a stink over a
    polish website that is named nothing more than the letter “a”. Furthermore, the
    likelihood that a person is going to mistype apple as a.pl in a search is in my
    humble opinion rather SMALL. Does Apple own the alphabet???

    • droidftw

      After seeing the video with Jimmy Kimmel earlier. I would be amazed if iDiots didn’t put a.pl into the URL bar.

  • TikiGawd

    Go funk yourself, Apple.

  • sillyrabbittricks4kids

    Apple sues itself for copyright infringement due to the new model of the *phone 5 being similar to the *phone 4s, which was claimed to be totally redesigned. They say that after looking at the *phone 5 which was on a table with the 4s was mistaken after being presented as the new *phone, because the totally new design looked new but yet felt the same.they are pending to change that with the 5s due out next month.

  • Ben Baird

    I just bought an apple from a.pl. I can’t seem to figure out how to charge this thing so I can call my family.

  • RW-1

    If I were that Deliu, I’d start marketing a Pimento loaf that looks like and iPad or iPhone with screen icons when cut for sandwhiches …. just to make it interesting, a pimento patent infringement!

    • RW-1

      fracking disqus … DELI DELI DELI !

  • David Cosme Jr.

    I never really hated Apple – until now.

  • ds

    enough.. it’s the time to change the fruit apple to something else.. let’s call it newton, but be careful of the first bite… you can still be sued

  • Mike

    This bears no resemblance to Apple. I can’t find a douche anywhere on that site.

  • master94

    Everyone piss off Apple by buying something from the Deli.

  • Kheir Francis

    LOL, apple is gonna lose so many brownie points and respect with this Bull. are you serious, your really going after a online deli, I can picture a judge trying so hard no to laugh

  • MrEnglish

    Ok, even as a fanboy I have to say this is f’d up. Now it’s really pushing the ludicrous button on this subject.

  • Masterminded

    Typical A.pl, I mean Apple, OH EM GEE SAME! ……..iDiots

  • RadOD

    Sweet!! I just ordered a new iPhone 5!

    http://a.pl/zdjecie-567248/bella-perfecta-green-podpaski-10-szt-Product2

    Looks ergonomic!

    • YogurtBites

      Sure to catch any stray drool.

  • TROLOLOL

    WHAT??? The guy from the Black Eyed Peas didn’t get to them first???

  • MichaelFranz

    Seriously, all of this apple lawsuit nonsense is leaving a bad taste in my mouth, even for their computers now. Make me not want to buy one as my next, even thought my current 2 are still good…SMH

    • Robert Jakiel

      Luckily I swore off Microsoft and Apple a LONG time ago so I don’t have that problem. Let me assure you that once you go the route of open source software whether it be Linux, BSD, Android, etc… you will begin to wonder why the hell you kept yourself trapped with Microsoft or Apple.

  • come on this is a joke right.. ????

  • New_Guy

    Oh my damn…

    • sdcoiner76

      The old logo it not even close to Apple’s logo. It’s a circle with a leaf.

  • Lawrence_Hart

    These two sceen shots are the home pages fora.pl and apple.com respectively. I can’t tell which site sells iDevices.

  • TheWenger

    But it’s missing a “p” and an “e”.

  • I seriously hope that the court pimp slaps apple for this level of stupidity. I’m thinking court fees and $1Billion in “emotional damages” to the deli. Just to make the point that Apple is being beyond rediculous.

  • Kyle Cummings

    Apple are such HAMS! I can’t believe they are going to meat this establishment in court just because the domain is faintly similar. It just fries my bacon to hear that they believe they have the power to just sue everybody. In my eyes, they are just chickens who want the run of the coop. I mean, what beef could they have with this company? They are no threat to Apple in the slightest. They need to goetta life!
    Also: sausage…

  • Robert Jakiel

    My question now after this crap is WHEN is the D.O.J. going to step in and smack Apple in the head? Hell Ma Bell did less and was convicted of anti-trust violations and broken into the baby Bells.

  • hogasswild

    I don’t think it’s a matter of Apple being douchey or whatever you want to call it. I just think they think their customers are truly idiots. And people validate their opinion every day buy purchasing their products. I would never confuse an iPhone with a Samsung Galaxy phine, nor would I mistakenly go to a.pl to buy an ipad. Case in point, Apple has been selling virtually the same phone for three product cycles, claiming it’s revolutionary when it hasn’t really changed or is merely catching up in technology to its competitors (4g, larger screen, turn by turn nav etc). Despite all the people will be lined up to purchase the iPhone 5 as soon as it’s available.

    • j_peter

      I’m an Apple fanatic, and I am certainly not an idiot. I don’t go around bashing others unlike Android users.

      • ethanmc12

        Of course an idiot wouldn’t think they’re an idiot. That part of why that person is an idiot.

        • j_peter

          You’re the idiot since you don’t even know proper grammar.

          • ethanmc12

            I thought you didn’t go around bashing others? Looks like your no better than us

          • Grammar? In a message board? What planet do you live on? What, are you an idiot? … oh, yeah, forgot … sorry.

          • EDNYLaw

            Actually, you’re the one who is using incorrect grammar. See, you said “you don’t even know proper grammar,” that in and of itself is not proper grammar, not to mention just a poor assumption. Technically it should be “You’re the idiot since you did not use proper grammar.” You don’t know whether he knows how to use grammar properly, all you know is whether or not that particular usage of grammar was correct or incorrect. Just saying…

        • a.youth.in.Asia

          That… And because they use an Apple product. How the fluck does anyone mistakenly buy a Samsung product and thinks it’s an iproduct? I thought that JVC TV was the same thing as that Sony TV… I really though I was getting an Apple product!

      • hogasswild

        I never said these people were idiots. I said I think Apple thinks these people are idiots. How is turn by turn navigation in a smart phone new and revolutionary? I sold my GPS in late 2009 when I bought my Motorola Droid because it had that feature. Apple enlarges their screen which started becoming common in 2010. See where I’m going here? Apple markets to people in such a way as to make them believe what they are buying is truly a superior product when in fact it is not. Many people do not have time or money to do independent reviews on technology. So many people have Apple products, it’s seen as a safe bet. I’m not saying they are bad phones, but they aren’t the best you can buy with you money. iTunes is nice, but beyond that, I’m not really enticed to buy their products that lock you down. And what’s with the new cable? Why couldn’t they use micro usb like everyone else? Again, it’s to enslave you and buy exclusively from you. The cable they offier isn’t somehow superior. In the end it’s a self licking ice cream cone.

        • Jacobm001

          Just to be clear I’m really not an apple fan, but you’re stance on their connection is a bit off.

          The non standard connection actually does offer a lot of benefits that micro usb doesn’t. Droid life actually did a writeup about it a while ago. Now why they couldn’t have micro usb and micro hdmi is another reason entirely… I’m pretty sure that would have solved the problem.

        • Um, the term is lemming, I believe, not idiot.

      • bfederspill

        I bet you accidentally went to that site too…..

      • PC_Tool

        “I don’t go around bashing others..”

        Well, unless those “others” happen to be Samsung or Android, right?

        blah blah glass houses blah blah blah…

      • KB26

        You realize you need a life if you have nothing else to do but to try to troll on. A website that contains something you hate.

  • New head of Apple (Montgomery C. Burns) was quoted as saying “eeeeexcellent”.

  • What IS the difference b/t a Mac and ham?

    • Robert Jakiel

      A ham is useful

    • j_peter

      A Mac is a work of art.

      • Robert Jakiel

        People sculpt things from dung and call them art so regardless it is subjective.

  • JOdyt3k

    Apple sues customer for not knowing how to spell A.pl and being polish. Duh…

    Apple service center sues customer in Greece because he complained

  • Can someone find out if that grocery store has a defense fund setup?!?! I’d donate 5 or 10 dollars to help them out.

  • Mr Waldo

    +1 for using redonkulous

  • Jarrett Guma

    Can’t wait till next year’s Worst Company in America Award! Guess who my nomination is.

    • JoshGroff

      Microsoft?

    • j_peter

      Samesung?

  • Knlegend1

    Lmao STOP!!!!

  • NyReynolds

    This is a joke right?

    • j_peter

      Nope, that would be Android.

      • NyReynolds

        I guess its not hard to believe that the company that thinks the iPhone 5 is revolutionary would also believe people confuse an electronics website with a deli website on a regular basis. They must not think much of their customers.

  • Jarrett Guma

    iRan and iRaq are next to feel Apples vengeance, you’ll never guess why

  • mx

    Sigh. This has what to do with android?

  • Kyle Cummings

    I think they have gone a little trigger happy with this whole lawsuit thing, I mean its a freaking deli! it sells meat and delicious sandwiches for crying out loud! How can this be in any way detrimental to the products apple makes/sells?

    • Robert Jakiel

      It isn’t. Apple is suffering from a horrible disease internally called Douchbagenia. The only way to correct this is for those suffering from Douchbagenia is a terminal case of morals and ethics. In this case there seems to be no hope for those at Apple.

    • mustbepbs

      Because instead of buying overpriced hardware, people settle for a nice Reuben or a hot pastrami sandwich.

      • JoshGroff

        I’d settle for a Reuben right about now.

      • Moeyknight

        I choose a Reuben over any of apple’s products any day of the week.

    • troy studnicka

      why do you think they are doing this?? cause they are on the downward spiral!! android has taken over, specifically samsung and now apple is sue happy cause they are losing the technology battle with their tired old look and copy cat technology!!!

  • Mark

    to be honest, their logo is pretty similar to Apple’s

    • I hope your being sarcastic. It’s not even close.

    • Moeyknight

      Not as similar as crApple’s logo is to Apple Records. Because they are both apples.

  • KB26

    This just in: apple is putting out the sun for being somewhat red and having rounded corners. See you in the afterlife.

  • At this point, that’s not even pathetic. It’s cruel. What have they to gain form a company that sells food?

  • Mark

    Waiting for them to sue The Black Eyed Peas’ own Apl De Ap

  • moelsen8

    douche nozzles

  • Aardvark99
  • Apple should spend less time sueing and more time making a new products that actually have new features.

    Seriously. Pretty soon we’re gong to be buying “Granny Smith Malus Domestica” in the grocery store.

  • Sean Wood

    I think the trial should last for DECADES.. that way apple is racking up high price international lawyer fees… We gotta have some way of getting the billions they are sitting on in profits back out into the economy…lol

    • Jarrett Guma

      The problem isnt so much for Apple, they have the capital to sue everyone on this planet. The problem is that poor company that’s being sued. They have legal fees too, and by the time this case is finally over, win or lose, that company is going to be out of business before the end of the case.

  • Paradisimo

    In the words of Johnny Cochran, “If you can’t innovate, you litigate.”

  • Mrpicolas

    apple ….now trying to tell you how to handle your meat.. p-envy much apple?

  • Robert Jakiel

    I will be happy when I see Tim Cook drop dead, Steve Jobs be interned and desecrated and the whole of Apple burn to the ground taking every last bag of crap and lawyer with them. Apple has turned into one of the most despicable companies out there. No wonder they get along well with the slave drivers at Foxconn. Maybe they can blend a few babies and have a stem cell smoothie while they’re at it. I do truly despise what Steve Jobs has started and Apple under the misguidance of Tim Cock (sp?) has continued.

    • Robert Jakiel

      What too harsh? Too bad. The only way to get the attention of a bully is to smack him in the head with a bat. Asking nicely and playing by the rules doesn’t work. Apple needs a correction. If that correction consists of the company completely crumbling and those that work there condoning and propagating these lawsuits dying from some horrible disease due to bad karma I am all good with it. You reap what you sow and in this case Apple is going to be neck deep in crap if they keep this up.

    • j_peter

      People like you don’t deserve to live. Please kill yourself.

      • Robert Jakiel

        Please call the Waaaambulance. Apple has become the exact opposite of what they set out to be. Ego and power went to Steve Jobs’ head and look what happened? He DIED! There is something to be said about being moral, ethical and humble. Steve Jobs and in turn Tim Cook and Apple are none of those and karma being the fickle bitch that she is will ensure that they come crashing down harder than even they could imagine.

      • j_peter, you deserve associated cancer as karma for being a fecal-coated vag

  • BigLa

    This may seem frivolous, but for all we know Apple is about to launch a line of kielbasa themed products.

  • mustbepbs

    Who the hell goes to a.pl for Apple’s website? Who is typing this and is expecting to get to Apple’s site? I don’t type g.gl expecting Google’s site. This is absurd. How can you sue over this?

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    Welcome to the Guinness Book of World records for most frivolous lawsuit ever

  • only four letters can describe this foolishness and those are O….M….F….G

  • Afrayedknot

    This seems rather … ham-handed on Apple’s part.

    • Kyle Cummings

      i wonder how much is at steak…

      • mustbepbs

        What a bunch of bologna.

        • CopierITGuy

          That really cold-cuts deep…

          • TheWhiteLotus

            Oh please, they were just bacon for someone to sue them.

          • CopierITGuy

            Some companies just can’t seem to cut the mustard anymore!

          • ArrowCool

            They really need to stop hamming it up for the courts.

          • And then CJ blew everyone up.

        • If Apple wins, the deli could be forced to pay out a lot of bread…

        • I hope the deli guy doesn’t chicken out to their bullying and takes those turkeys to court where the suit will be quickly thrown out.

          • Their goose is cooked. Might get chippy in the courtroom.

          • a.youth.in.Asia

            Apple will make swiss cheese out of that deli!

          • What is this deli to apple, chopped liver?

    • This whole line of humor is a little Cheesy…

    • Kerry Davies

      Hah

  • EvanTheGamer

    See? That’s why Apple is a bunch of evil greedy basta*rds. And yet another prime example of why I’ll never ever again own another Apple product for as long as the world keeps on spinning.

    F’n pri*ks.

  • Kwparker

    Ahhh, the Apple we know and love so well……. /sarcasm

  • John

    Wow!

  • DanWazz

    What horrible bunch of do*che bags.

  • Guest

    Wow

  • what a joke! just apple trying to assert its dominance… which isn’t so great anymore!

    • j_peter

      Except for it being the most influential tech company on the planet.

      • i’m more towards that steve jobs was the most influential, since his passing… apple has just been ‘meh’

      • If you don’t seriously see a problem with what Apple is doing, you’ve clearly lost touch with the world.

  • Paul

    Well, the site does have a lot of menus and buttons with rounded corners. I can see how people would get them confused with pictures of ipads.

    • Nick

      Also that woman with her arms crossed in WHITE, logo color. Next Lawsuit: The light spectrum for containing white.

  • I declare here and now that I have just visited a.pl. Their website contains many rectangular shapes with rounded corners AND a picture containing an apple. This is a clear violation of Apple’s trade dress. Apple must not stand for all of these stolen products profiting from its innovations.

  • At least Apple can still innovate new reasons to sue people. This is good news, since they appear completely unable to innovate with technology any more.

    • Apple: We didn’t invent the lawsuit. We just made the lawsuit better.

      • Aaron

        “We’re doing things in the industry of law that no other company has ever done before, we’re inventing and innovating our own magical laws.”

        Cue slide in the background with large white bold letters showing how many current lawsuits they have going on in every country.

        • “Magical laws” was good. But the second part about the lawsuits was fantastic. That really did make me LOL,

      • New_Guy

        Ahahahahahah! Crap, that was hilarious =D!

      • hyperbolee

        Lawsuits that “just work”.

  • You stay classy Apple.

  • Stephen Morrison

    They should sue over anything with the word douche in it cause they are that as well.

  • mbrainerdii

    What a paranoid, antisocial, megalomaniac corporation.

    • moelsen8

      best description yet. don’t forget corrupt

  • Go Hawkeyes

    That deli better really watch out if their hams have rounded corners.

    • New_Guy

      If they drop one, they’d better hope it doesn’t bounce back. Haha!

  • SueThis

    Like I needed another reason to despise Apple. Ugh

  • S.Ober

    Apples next new product with patent iSue.

  • triangle8

    They will settle: A.pl will just give apple more grannie smiths…

  • This is beyond ridiculous, for the courts in any country to be tied up with something like this is absurd. It’s about time for the frivolous lawsuits to end and the courts to fine Apple for wasting the courts time when they lose this one in days, not years.

  • Jroc869, Cool story bro

    Damn they are even trying to keep deli meat down.

  • wpscompute

    I am so completely sick & tired of lawsuits!!!

  • br_hermon

    Yup… all time low. And that’s saying something being that their a bunch of D’bags.

  • SirSoloDolo

    I’m in the wrong business, being a lawyer for Apple is where the money is at. They are the only ones that win

  • iFail

    Apple: Trying to reach new lows every single day.

  • mbagasao

    You’re kidding right?!

  • Prime7

    …W-WHAT!?

    This is a new one.

  • IW

    Oh come on now… Your just pulling my leg!!! Right?!! Right..?? No seriously???

    Die Apple…

  • Butters619

    Tomorrow’s News: Apple sues farmers for growing apples. Consumer’s thought they were purchasing actually Apple products at the grocery store and the 3 week shelf life was tarnishing their reputation.

    • HAHAHA

    • Mike

      “Apple sues God for creation of apples.”

      • “Also named in the suit are Adam and Eve for giving apple’s their name. “

        • lgreg64

          also named the apple tree for design infringement.

          • BlueDevil

            also named, Johnny Appleseed for name theft…..

          • DivingDancer

            Apples DO have rounded corners. I’m guessing that Apple will win this one too.

      • Jarrett Guma

        No, you mean God stole the technology from Apple, Apple totally invented apples years before God did, they have the emails to prove it

        • TheWenger

          And mockups and preliminary sketches.

        • danofiveo

          But, the emails were deleted for fear of discovery per their retention policy.

      • trumpet444

        Just ruled this morning, “It was proven that Newton used a patented product without the expressed written permission from Apple, therefore, Apple Computers is now solely recognized as discovering gravity”

        • Willard Potter

          I literally got up and clapped for that one. lol

        • Aldo López

          amazing lol

        • 7 billion lawsuits have been filed against all those unlawfully using
          this new Apple product ‘Gravity’. Current Apple users will be astounded
          by this radical new application and will proceed to flaunt it to Android users.

      • sillyrabbittricks4kids

        Apple sues apple trees for not producing the same quality of that similar to their Apple products.

      • michael arazan

        Apple sues all of America for eating apple pie, as well as the phrase “As American as Apple Pie” because they patented apple pie charts

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      The Macintosh is the first hit.

    • trixnkix637

      Apple sues Samsung for patent infringement for copying their ideas on how to eat apples with rounded edges.

  • Lucky Armpit

    *looks around, trying to find a calendar* Is it April 1st and no one told me?

  • Sigh … It just makes me reaffirm my position on any Apple products — I am not going to buy one, period.

  • Murphy

    Bahaha! =) Yum, honey baked ham

  • SethMcDonald

    Apple is simply helping this company out. I bet their web traffic soars after this!

    • CopierITGuy

      I just now went there – just to piss off Apple and increase the deli’s traffic! Then I giggled my little butt off…

  • Beautiful picture

  • Jason Jackson

    what a joke. seriously. come on a p p l e

  • philnolan3d

    Because I’m going to see some delicious cheese and mistake it for a phone or computer.

    • LewisSD

      well if its in the shape of a rectangle with rounded corners….apple puppets may actually get confused

  • dbrownjr1989

    Apple – King of the trolls

  • George Fayad

    It isn’t April 1st is it? Is this really happening?

  • htowngtr

    Wow, kill yourselves, Apple.

    • philnolan3d

      They seem to be trying pretty hard already.

    • j_peter

      I’d rather they kill Android.

      • Troll, just go do some autocratic asphyxiation for the good of our species, because you are truly a f**ktard

      • lasj

        Not even worth the down vote …