MGM to Apple: find your own cat

Los Angeles, CA — Cat fight! Just one week after Steve Jobs unveiled Mac OS X Lion, MGM has filed suit to prevent Apple from using the name “Lion.”

Mac OS X Lion was to be the newest Mac operating system, following such other cats as Jaguar, Panther and Leopard. That is, until MGM roared in an LA courtroom.

MGM said in a statement, “The lion has been the symbol of MGM since 1924. If you mess with our lion, it’s going to bite.”

The legal action has apparently taken Apple by surprise. “The problem is, we’ve run out of cats,” explains our source inside Apple marketing. “Lion — king of the jungle — was going to be our grand exit from the cat game. Now what?”

Apple is scurrying to find a new animal theme for Mac OS X (click to enlarge)

Now what indeed. Some inside Apple are pressing to let the cats out and move quickly to a new theme. Canines are a logical next step, though there is also support for crustaceans and arthropods.

Some, however, prefer to stand and fight. “MGM’s claim is absurd,” explained Apple spokesperson Lucinda Weller. “Our lion has a mane, theirs does not. Their lion roars, ours does not.”

Apple still believes there may be a creative way out of this mess. By adding a modifier, as when they added Snow to Leopard, they may yet be able to carry on the cat theme. In a manner of speaking.

Don’t be surprised when Mac OS X Sea Lion launches next summer.

  • http://groktheweb.com Holger Ehlis

    Funny indeed. Well the thing is, I can almost imagine MGM suing Apple… it’s not even too far off.

  • http://About.me/jackdanieltaylor Jack

    I heard they were thinking about going with the iOS X “Griffin” but they couldn’t get rights from Harry Potter.

  • Doubting Thomas

    Someone is lion somewhere…

  • James

    screw lion, I say Mac OS X Mufasa.

  • Peter Bakker
  • Joe

    I like the idea of adding a modifier. Let’s make 10.7 Mac OS X NITTANY Lion.

  • Simon

    This is an act of desperation by a company in financial trouble (MGM). MGM don’t have a leg to stand on and if they are foolish enough to take it to court they will surely lose.

    MGM don’t use or own the name “Lion”, they don’t sell operating systems and the picture of a Lion looks nothing like the MGM logo. Case closed.

  • Lee

    LOL! The best part of this site are the commenters who take the articles seriously. :-)

  • Joe

    @Lee:

    Absolutely right. Amazing how many people never seem to understand that this site is all about humor. Funny that it seems to happen more here than other sites – maybe Scoopertino is just better at it than the others?

  • Eliot Rosewater

    Well only a fanbois site like this one could find humor in Apple’s illegality and trademark infringement. This is SO typical of the elitist left-leaning cult of Mac that you think it’s funny to steal the logo from a legacy company that has brought so much joy and inspiration to millions over the years. And yet you’ll support Job’s vicious enforcement of DRM.
    I’m absolutely choking on all this tongue in cheek ‘humor’ of yours. Is nothing sacred to you Scoopertines?!

  • dfsdf

    They could make it a Lioness.

  • Jack

    I have a Mac Mini, and I hate the thing so much that I’d never buy another Apple computer. So with that said, I have the purr-fect “cat” name:

    Mac OS X Polecat

    “It’s slow and it stinks!”

  • http://www.goartis.com RobinPP

    How about Mac OS X Pussycat?
    – I thought of Tomcat, but then remembered Apple could get sued by Northrop Grumman, makers of the former F-14 fighter jet.

  • katherine

    @vaughn: if you have to ask that, you’re in the wrong place

  • David

    @jack. Happy to take your mini…

  • George B

    What’s wrong with “Felis catus domestica”

  • Emma

    @George B

    Really? You don’t see anything wrong with that? A housecat (I can google too).

    Just cause its in latin doesn’t make it cool…

    =D

  • Justinhu5

    You watch CNET’s Apple Byte right

  • Guest

    If they do Mac OS X Hedgehog, they’ll get sued by Sega. ;)

  • Jasperssd231

    What?! So I pre-ordered it for nothing? Apple can’t do this, can they? And if they do, how would the Mac OS X Rat be? Would it come with anything extra?…. Apple can’t do this. Its the LION… THE best one. This sucks. :(

  • Jasperssd231

    Like this post if you actually thought I thought it was real:)

  • a walricorn

    how about mac os x kitten:
    http://bit.ly/fV62nX

  • humourislost

    *eye roll* Christ. You must be joking.

    I’m absolutely choking on all this bullshit you’ve just written.

  • Boo

    lol Guest ur so right.

  • Wes

    OSX Cougar,

    Lock up your children.

  • Ash

    A polecat actually looks more like a ferret. :P

  • Ape of Wrath

    Mac OS X Calico…..or Tabby, eh?

  • Lilkoopa22

    And Apple will countersue Sega for over 9000 dollars and win.

  • http://twitter.com/NeilBaner Neil Banerjee

    Honestly…
    Bullshit is an understatement

  • Jacob

    A polecat is a skunk.