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Amazon being sued for trademark infringement by company behind FyreTV porn streamer

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By Rich Edmonds on 25 Apr 2014 10:40 am

Amazon is in a slightly awkward situation with its new Fire TV streamer. The company is currently under fire from Wreal, the makers of FyreTV. We're sure you know where this is going. WREAL has filed a complaint in a Florida court alleging a total of five counts of unauthorized use and infringement upon held trademarks. If you're not familiar with the FyreTV, it's a streamer specializing in pornography, which was released in 2008.

Wreal notes in the filing that both products are very similar, providing instant access to a library of content. The only subtle difference is the categorization of content – one being focused on pornographic entertainment. According to an attorney representing the company, Wreal wishes to prevent the public from becoming somewhat confused about the two streaming devices. We're sure many of you would like to avoid the situation of accidentally purchasing the FyreTV.

If anything, we'd say Amazon has a larger issue with public perception and risking misconception that the retailer has got into the adult industry. Wreal is currently seeking damages for trademark infringement, false designation of origin and unfair competition. While we usually steer clear of court cases, this one certainly caught our attention.

via: Techcrunch

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Amazon being sued for trademark infringement by company behind FyreTV porn streamer

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Oh, good grief. The porn industry makes a living off of parody. They argue that no one is going to mistake a porn flick (ex: This Ain't Two And A Half Men or The Big Bang Theory Parody) for the actual show. Well, I argue that no one is going to confuse the Amazon Fire TV hardware device with a porn streaming site.

This is a play for money pure and simple that and exposure!  Prior to doing research for this article Rich, had you ever hard of the Fyre TV?  Can anyone reading this honest say they have heard of it prior to reading Rich's blog?  WREAL wants to be laughing all the way to the bank!

Took longer than I thought for this to happen. When Amazon announced the Fire TV, I wondered how long it would be before FyreTV would chime in....

Yes, it's a money play, but both being pronounced the same way, and a delivery method for video, it was only a matter of time.

Now, let's see who wins. my money says amazon.

The horror...lol. Agree 100% on the money play angle, also free advertising for their brand...I was not aware of them until reading this lol.