KDE Apps name trademarks

Christoph Cullmann christoph at cullmann.io
Thu Jul 9 17:25:06 BST 2020

On 2020-07-09 17:42, Michael Reeves wrote:
> As current  maintainer of kdiff3 I would oppose trade mark enforce
> ment. Unless we have clear proof this is an altered version. I am
> perpared to push out my own free download if noone in this community
> wants the job. That will end the current problem quite nicely.


having the binary-factory.kde.org variant in the store would be great,
if you can help with this, e.g. submission howto is on


I can help with filling the stuff, if you provide a tested installer.


> On Thu, Jul 9, 2020, 10:27 AM Jack <ostroffjh at users.sourceforge.net>
> wrote:
>> On 7/9/20 9:48 AM, Christoph Cullmann wrote:
>>> On 2020-07-09 14:18, Jonathan Riddell wrote:
>>>> On Thu, 9 Jul 2020 at 12:29, Christoph Cullmann
>>>> <christoph at cullmann.io> wrote:
>>>>> You might be able to do that, but as soon as you start to try to
>>>>> keep
>>>>> people
>>>>> from using the names, the cost-free, bureaucracy-free and layer
>> free
>>>>> zone ends.
>>>> Sending an e-mail to the Microsoft store doesn't need to cost
>>>> anything, and it would have more effect if there can be a claim
>> of
>>>> trademark.  Claiming copyright infringement as discussed on this
>>>> thread is also sensible but it does need more work and will need
>> at
>>>> least the cost of buying kdiff3 from their store.
>>> Hi,
>>> sending just a mail will for sure not be enough, as the license
>> allows
>>> anybody to upload our stuff there.
>>> You can start to claim that the name is trademarked but then this
>> will
>>> only work if the other party doesn't claim it is not or that we
>> don't
>>> have
>>> a policy that forbids to upload something with that name + get
>> money
>>> for it.
>> I think the suggestion of a letter to Microsoft was about the
>> potential
>> copyright violation, not about trademark.  They could confirm
>> whether or
>> not there is an offer of source code within the package without
>> having
>> to buy it.

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