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Apple strikes first 'App Store' blow in Germany

Apple has scored a first victim in its international battle to own the term 'App Store' or anything that sounds a bit like it by forcing Amazon's German Appstore to stop accepting submissions.

Apple says it has copyright on App Store and is stomping around throwing its toys at anyone trying to muscle in on its online software business, whilst everyone else on the planet reckons app store and its derivatives are generic terms which should be open to anyone.

Apple's battle in the US courts seems to be failing to gain traction but, in Germany, the fruit-themed gadgeteer seems to have persuaded the courts, or Amazon's lawyers at the very least, that it has a point.

“For the time being, we are not accepting new app submissions from developers located in Germany,” the company said in an email sent to developers and seen by PC Pro. “We have been forced to impose this restriction due to a legal action filed by Apple in Germany seeking to prevent us from using the term 'app store'. We believe Apple’s claim is without merit and are actively contesting it.”