The so-called “clones” problem in app stores is well studied in policy circles. We took a moment to write up the basics of the trademark-based approach usually applied to build solutions for the problem:

@conservancy The trademark approach is consistent with law and has a long history. A perfect example is how CentOS came to be, or #almalinux (well, I think they should get the gnu back in, but that's a different topic...). In fact, what would happen to many WSL distros? Would Microsft be violating it's store terms of service for distributing their Mariner distro in their store, too?

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