Hi. I'm not sure if this is the correct board to post this to, but I had a quick question regarding using the word/trademark "GitHub" in my application.
I am considering developing and distributing an Android application on the Google Play Store. I was following along with the Android Developer docs on creating an Android app (https://developer.android.com/training/basics/firstapp/creating-project) and came across the step where I needed to configure the project. In the tutorial, the docs recommended entering the value "com.example.myfirstapp" for the package name. I am now attempting to create an actual application (not a Hello World app).
I am currently utilizing the free tier of GitHub Pages for my personal website, and plan to create an Organization Pages site that is structured like so: "https://myfirstapp.github.io/". If I used that site structure for my package name, it would look like this: "io.github.myfirstapp.myfirstapp" ("myfirstapp" is twice because it is the name of the website and then the name of the actual app).
However, I was wondering if I could legally use the word "GitHub" in my package name since I believe it is trademarked? I plan to sell this application to users, so I would be profiting from this app. Note that I am not planning to use the word "GitHub" in the name of my app when I market it on the Google Play Store (I wouldn't call my app "The GitHub App!", etc.).
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I am not a lawyer.
I think you will be totally fine, but to be sure you should contact GitHub support and get that in writing.
Okay, well that probably is the reason I am not a lawyer :) . Thanks for posting back and good luck with your project!