Don’t screw with Dick!
The family of author Philip K. Dick is threatening to sue Google for infringement of intellectual property rights over the name of its new mobile phone Nexus One.
Isa Dick Hackett, daughter of the U.S. author who wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? which the Blade Runner film is based on, claims some of the phone’s features use names taken from her father’s book.
She has sent a letter to Google demanding that the online giant changes the name of its new phone, which was launched as a direct rival to the iPhone.
She said: ‘Google takes first and then deals with the fallout later.
‘In my mind, there is a very obvious connection to my father’s novel. People don’t get it. It’s the principle of it.
‘It would be nice to have a dialogue. We are open to it. That’s a way to start.’
The new product is based on Google’s Android technology, launched two years ago as a way of gaining a share in the mobile phone market.
It features a highly-developed four-inch touch screen, a 5 megapixel camera, an FM radio, WiFi, a magnetic compass and a camera flash.