Gem violating existing gem name.

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05 Nov, 2010 01:49 PM

What are the correct steps to request that you remove a gem with the same name as my gem? I believe I have copyright ownership over the name of the gem as I began working on it at least 1 month before the other publisher (as can be proven via commit history on Github), however the other publisher believes that because he pushed his gem to rubygems, he retains rights to use the name.

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Nick Quaranto on 16 Nov, 2010 01:17 AM

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    Sorry about the delay here, rubyconf and the normal post-rubyconf sickness has delayed me.

    Usually we work this out with the owner of the gem, if it's the same project... In most cases it's just going to be easier for you to rename it, especially for branding/marketing your own project.

    I don't think we have any say in who gets "copyright" or "ownership", plenty of other open source projects exist under the same name that do different things (think Google's Go vs Go, which was around for many years beforehand...not to mention the billion Go games online)

    My recommendation here, especially if you're just starting out, would be to rename it. We had to rename Gemcutter a few times as well (wiki page from back in the day...

    Overall, the name doesn't matter IMO, if your code rocks, people will use it.

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