Back in December, I offered the Unauthorized iPod U2 vs. Negativland
Special Edition up for auction on eBay. This auction lasted six days,
and then was taken down when Apple complained, telling eBay that this
auction was a violation of its intellectual property. As is standard in
such cases, eBay did not require Apple to explain precisely how my
parody was an infringement, and to this day my emails to Apple asking
for an explanation have received no response.
After some consideration, I have decided to offer the Unauthorized iPod
U2 vs. Negativland Special Edition up for auction on my own website. I
believe now, as I did then, that my parody is a legitimate exercise of
my free speech rights, and that any claims Apple might make as to
infringement are entirely baseless.
This auction will be up for three weeks, until March 14, 2005, 12:p.m.
EST. Please spread the word!