KDE Apps name trademarks

Christoph Cullmann christoph at cullmann.io
Wed Jul 8 19:09:38 BST 2020

On 2020-07-08 18:12, Jonathan Riddell wrote:
> Recently we've noticed some KDE apps ending up on the Microsoft Store
> uploaded by unknown third parties.  Maybe to up some credit score for
> their developer account.  Maybe to install bitcoin  miners.  We don't
> know the motivations.  Since it's all free software the licence allows
> it.


have you some links to these applications?

> One option is to claim Trademark on all our app names.  This isn't
> hard, we just add the ™ onto the name anywhere we have it on our
> website starting with kde.org/applications [1]. Some apps such as
> KOffice have done this in the past anyway.  This doesn't cost
> anything, only a registered trademark (which uses the ®. logo) costs
> money.  It might give us more ability to take down random people
> posting our software on app stores.  It might also make us look more
> corporate than we want to look and put off Linux distros from shipping
> our software.
> Should we add ™ next to the app names?

As other already posted, I don't think this is sufficient nor do I think
that is really the direction we should move to. (at least for Kate, I am
fine with the status quo).


> Jonathan
> Links:
> ------
> [1] http://kde.org/applications

Ignorance is bliss...
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