Gnome Foundation wants to defend its own trademark on groupon – update

Nov

12

2014

The Gnome Foundation, responsible for the development of the Gnome desktop environment, wants to raise $ 80,000 to start a lawsuit against Groupon. According to the foundation abused Groupon are registered Gnome brand name for an electronic payment.

Groupon logo Groupon brings in the US under the name Gnome a tablet that retailers vouchers from the marketing company can redeem. from That is against the sore leg of the Gnome Foundation.

The developer of the desktop environment eponymous says that requested by Groupon several times to change the brand name of the product, because, like the Gnome environment relates to software and unlike the open source license Gnome a completely proprietary nature has. Groupon would have rejected the request, however, and moreover hinted that more products will bring to market under the name Gnome.

The GNOME Foundation wants to go to court, because the foundation claims that Groupon with at least ten ongoing trademark applications violates the GNOME trademark. To start a lawsuit, according to the legal advisers of the Gnome Foundation needed. Least $ 80,000, 64,000 euros, The organization has therefore launched a campaign which it hopes to using donations enough money to pay for the necessary lawyers. The GNOME Foundation also has some hurry to scrape the money together: the lawsuit against Groupon must be formally launched later than 3 December.

Update, 17:23: Groupon gives a response that the company “his relationship with the open source community more important than a product name. “If we can not reach a solution that is acceptable to us and Gnome, we will find a different product name,” said Groupon, which emphasizes that it is a “strong supporter” of the open source community.

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