[tor-project] iOS AppStore - Trademark violations

Wendy Seltzer wendy at seltzer.org
Fri Dec 23 01:22:51 UTC 2016


I've sent complaints through the App Store in each case that was
misusing the Tor logo or clearly trying to self-identify as "Tor" (not
all of those in these lists, but a large number).

An additional challenge is that many apps that don't otherwise misuse
our logo use a check.torproject.org screenshot, showing a large onion
logo, even if the app itself uses a distinct logo. I'd like to hear
others thoughts on whether we should discourage this use even if the app
is in fact using Tor (or how we might police whether these apps are in
fact using Tor).


On 12/03/2016 04:36 PM, Wendy Seltzer wrote:
> Thanks Nima,
> In the past, I've gotten reasonable response form Apple and Google when
> sending trademark complaints against apps that misuse Tor's logo or name
> to make people believe falsely that they're sponsored by or affiliated
> with Tor.
> I would be happy to follow-up on these cases and those Griffin
> identified on Android.
> --Wendy
> On 12/03/2016 03:28 PM, Nima Fatemi wrote:
>> Hey there,
>> Following the great news that Onion Browser for iOS finally became free,
>> I took a look at Apple AppStore to see what other apps are there that
>> are pretending to be "the" Tor for iOS, and unfortunately found plenty
>> that use Tor logo or brand name to promote themselves. Most of which are
>> not free (as in beer / nor as in freedom) and seem to be even injecting
>> ads to users.
>> The worst part... some of them have hundreds of 5 star reviews. So I
>> collected a bunch of them under this ticket:
>> https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/20873
>> However I couldn't find the right component to file the ticket under. So
>> I thought I'd drop a line to the mailing list and let people know this
>> exists, in case the ones who need to deal with these issues read the
>> mailing list.
>> Should we have a legal component on trac?
>> Enjoy the weekend!
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