Apple is currently in the process of removing all fake white iPhone 4 handsets from eBay.
As 9to5Mac reports, while there are still many “custom white” iPhone 4 handsets available on eBay, several have been removed and labeled as “a counterfeit which infringes the trademark” of Apple Inc. You can check out the email one “custom white” iPhone seller received from eBay below:
You recently listed the following listing: [Redacted listing name and number] Your listing has been removed. Your item was removed because of a request we received from Apple, Inc., a member of our Verified Rights Owner Program (VeRO), asking us to remove the item for: – Item(s) is a counterfeit product which infringes the trademark owner’s rights. For more information on why your item was removed, you should:
- Contact Apple, Inc. directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or concerns.
- Wait 7 days for Apple, Inc. to reply to you. Although most VeRO participants are willing to respond to polite email, please know that they aren’t obligated to reply.
- If after 7 days you haven’t received a response from Apple, Inc., please contact us by simply replying to this email. The rights owner or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the rights owner, Apple, Inc., notified eBay that this listing violates intellectual property rights. When eBay receives a report of this type of violation, we remove the listing to comply with the law. It’s against the law to sell fake, counterfeit, or pirated products. Your listing was removed because the item in your listing was reported by the rights owner as a fake or counterfeit through eBay’s VeRO Program. Due to this report, please do not attempt to relist, advertise, or offer this item for sale on any eBay site or service around the world.
Do any of you find it interesting that Apple is accepting the white iPhone as being its own product, even though there’s a chance it’ll never be released? Perhaps this means the elusive white iPhone is coming soon? Or, perhaps Apple is just being grouchy.
Let us know what you think in the comments below!