KDE Apps name trademarks

Martin Floeser mgraesslin at kde.org
Wed Jul 8 19:54:13 BST 2020


Am 2020-07-08 20:45, schrieb Jack:
> On 2020.07.08 14:20, Ben Cooksley wrote:
>> On Thu, Jul 9, 2020 at 6:09 AM Christoph Cullmann
>> <christoph at cullmann.io> wrote:
>> >
>> > 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.
>> >
>> > Hi,
>> >
>> > have you some links to these applications?
>> 
>> I believe Jonathan will be referring to
>> https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/p/kdiff-3-diff-utility/9ndvvx243rfh?activetab=pivot:overviewtab#
> If I follow that link, and click for the US version, I see KDiff3 for
> sale at $4.99.  Does the license actually allow charging?  (I wonder
> how that is split between MS and the uploader.)

GPLv3 Section 6 d
"Convey the object code by offering access from a designated place 
(gratis or for a charge), and offer equivalent access to the 
Corresponding Source in the same way through the same place at no 
further charge. "

So yes, charging is fine, not providing the source code looks to me like 
a GPL violation. And I think that puts the ball to KDE e.V. board to 
contact Microsoft.

Cheers
Martin


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