Bug 1020236 - non-free trademark'ed name this free game
non-free trademark'ed name this free game
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: ksudoku (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Rex Dieter
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: FE-Legal
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Reported: 2013-10-17 06:40 EDT by mejiko
Modified: 2014-01-22 14:32 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2014-01-22 14:32:37 EST
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Description mejiko 2013-10-17 06:40:38 EDT

ksudoku included trademark'ed name.
"Sudoku" is trademark'ed. (Japan and USA)

and, Meny "sudoku" trademark find. (Try TESS)

Note: I live in Japan. not US. and I am not a lawer.


If this is "nominative use", Its no problem.


1. Rename software names.

2. Contact trademark owner.

3. Remove fedora repos.

Comment 1 mejiko 2013-10-17 06:41:14 EDT
Blocking FE-Legal, This is trademark problem.
Comment 2 Kevin Kofler 2013-10-17 10:21:03 EDT
IMHO, this name is clearly genericized by now. Almost every newspaper here in Europe puts up "sudokus" (under the "sudoku" name), and I strongly doubt most (or any, even) of them has a trademark license for it. (I have never seen the trademark acknowledged, in any case.) Or is the situation different in the USA?

But of course, IANAL, and trademark law is complicated.
Comment 3 Tom "spot" Callaway 2014-01-22 14:32:37 EST
Sudoku is a generic term in the US, not a trademark. Closing NOTABUG.

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