Bug 1020236 - non-free trademark'ed name this free game
Summary: non-free trademark'ed name this free game
Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: ksudoku
Version: 19
Hardware: Unspecified
OS: Unspecified
unspecified
unspecified
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Rex Dieter
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Blocks: FE-Legal
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
 
Reported: 2013-10-17 10:40 UTC by mejiko
Modified: 2014-01-22 19:32 UTC (History)
7 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2014-01-22 19:32:37 UTC


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Description mejiko 2013-10-17 10:40:38 UTC
Hello.

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.


URI:
 
http://trademarks.justia.com/779/34/sudoku-77934545.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sudoku
http://tmsearch.uspto.gov/

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


Suggests:

1. Rename software names.

2. Contact trademark owner.

3. Remove fedora repos.


Thanks.

Comment 1 mejiko 2013-10-17 10:41:14 UTC
Blocking FE-Legal, This is trademark problem.

Comment 2 Kevin Kofler 2013-10-17 14:21:03 UTC
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 19:32:37 UTC
Sudoku is a generic term in the US, not a trademark. Closing NOTABUG.


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