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As someone pointed out in another thread, you similarly couldn't name a package something like "facebook" even if Facebook had no API.

there is a package called facebook: https://www.npmjs.com/package/facebook and it doesn't seem to be owned by facebook?

facebook may be a bad example. they named themselves after a generic directory that many colleges have been giving out for decades.

See also: YellowPages.com, Salesforce.com, etc. Just because something exists in real life (and used to describe a non-digital version of the same thing) doesn't mean it can't then be trademarked.

Sum had to change the name of its yellow pages application to nis because yellow pages is copy righted.

You don't seem to be very well informed.

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