Fwd: GNOME starts campaign to protect its trademarks

Ali/amjjawad amjjawad at gnome.org
Tue Nov 11 09:13:30 UTC 2014

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From: Tobias Mueller <muelli at cryptobitch.de>
Date: Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 7:59 PM
Subject: GNOME starts campaign to protect its trademarks
To: foundation-announce at gnome.org
Cc: foundation-list at gnome.org

GNOME has launched a campaign¹ to raise funds for protecting the GNOME

Recently, Groupon launched Gnome², a tablet-based point of sale (POS)
system that
Groupon describes as a “platform” and an “operating system”.

The GNOME Foundation is concerned and sees their long-established mark for
Software, GNOME, endangered. The GNOME Foundation asks for ideological and
monetary support to cover the costs of opposing the marks Groupon applied to
register, which were estimated to be around 80,000 USD.

“I cannot believe Groupon was not aware of GNOME, the Free Software desktop
environment and application suite, when it chose the name. Especially as
claim to be ‘fueled by open source‘³,” said Tobias Mueller, one of the
of the GNOME Foundation.

“We will not give up and fight their use of our name which we have
over the last 17 years to provide users all over the world with high quality
Free Software solutions.”

“Millions of people who use GNU/Linux based systems use GNOME or
technologies, such as GLib or GTK+. We must not let a billion-dollar-company
take the well-established name of one of the biggest Free Software
Tobias added. “If you want to help GNOME defend its trademark and promote
Software, visit the campaign’s page¹, share the link, and let Groupon know
they behaved terribly”.

GNOME also made a press contact⁴ available for further questions or

1: http://www.gnome.org/groupon/
2: http://investor.groupon.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=848707
4: mailto:groupon at gnome.org
foundation-list mailing list
foundation-list at gnome.org

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