1/09/2010

More on Google not caring about property rights: Look at the name for its new phone

Google has a long history of ignoring others property rights (see here and here). Google's approach is simply to take others property and then make them have to fight to recover it. My own guess that Google will face a tough legal challenge to change the name of its phone.

When Google announced the launch of its new mobile phone, Nexus One, it wanted to make waves. It probably didn't expect to ruffle the likes of the literary set. Philip K. Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett, says that the phone's name is swiped from one of her dad's most famous novels — and is a clear infringement.

Sound far-fetched? Let's examine the evidence. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, Dick's novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" became the sci-fi movie "Bladerunner." Name of the android-chasing hero: Nexus-6. Name of the Google operating system that runs Nexus One: Android. Coincidence? Dick's daughter thinks not. Google had no comment. . . .

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Blogger Zundfolge said...

Actually, the name of the android chasing hero of Blade Runner (and the novel it was based on) was Rick Deckard, not Nexus-6.

The androids he was chasing in the movie were Tyrell Corporation Model Nexus-6 androids (And in the book Nexus-6 was the model name of the androids' "brain unit").

There are other products called Nexus (a media database, a line of hair care products, a motor scooter, a pistol sound suppressor, etc).

I put my money on Google winning this one.

1/09/2010 12:54 AM  

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