Using Pidgin in a Plugin Name

Ethan Blanton elb at
Tue Apr 10 11:26:48 EDT 2007

Sean Egan spake unto us the following wisdom:
> On 4/10/07, deckrider <deckrider at> wrote:
> > In the past, several plugins have used "gaim" in the name of the
> > plugin.  Will plugins be allowed to use pidgin in their name?
> You're *allowed* to do whatever you like. You aren't legally protected
> from distributing plugins, and it may be odd to have your plugin refer
> to a defunct client, but the decision is yours to make. Only Instant
> Messaging Freedom, Inc. is in anyway required to change the name of
> our client.

I think the question was coming at this from the other side ... if we
trademark the name 'Pidgin' for an IM client, can plugins for Pidgin
use the word 'Pidgin' in their name.

We will obviously be talking to legal counsel about all this, but I
assume we can simply allow the use of 'Pidgin' in plugin names as part
of the blanket license.


The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws [that have no remedy
for evils].  They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor
determined to commit crimes.
		-- Cesare Beccaria, "On Crimes and Punishments", 1764
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: signature.asc
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: Digital signature
URL: <>

More information about the Devel mailing list