And, also in that thread, El Gato -- makers of the hardware Stream Deck -- chimed in with a wry "know that feel," showing that "Streamlabs Stream Deck" was, let's say, strongly reminiscent of their product.
Clearly I'm wrong but I doubt I'm the only person who thought that. Seems like they're being douchebags if they're just taking the offensive and filing predatory trademarks.
I thought the same and had a friend say that too a few months ago.
The same thing apparently happened with Meta: http://meta.company/.
What? You don't have any more money to keep playing? Please insert $0.25 to continue. No? So sorry, so long, what was yours is now mine, thus it ever was. </ifOnlyThisWereSarcasm>
I only know of the meta.company claim from a post made here on HN. I'm guessing it was somebody realizing that FB didn't claim all of the TLDs and trolled them about it. So I laugh at it because of that being a possibility as much as if it is a serious anything I laugh at how laughable their attempt at whatever they are attempting is.
Nearly identical titles, nearly identical general page layout, similar graphics.
They even verbatim copied the user testimonial text.
My guess is that they're going to Google Adwords themselves to the top of every relevant google search, and trick even people who have been to the correct OBS Project site into thinking "oh yeah, this is it, I'm in the right place!" and downloading streamlabs-obs.
The OBS pages are copyrighted, so it seems to me like OBS Project should be able to hit Streamlabs' web providers with some DMCA complaints.
> Each tip viewers make will be 100% yours, excluding standard processing fees from credit cards.
You have to be making money out of something to lose it when it goes away. They will however miss pokinanes $5.99 a month pro subscription.
Will she leave and pay 5%++ to another donation provider (twitch: a $2 donation now results in the streamer receiving only $1.45 -- PayPal: A $1 tip will now only net you $0.48) on the millions a year in donations the multi-millionaire rakes in from non multi-millionaire viewers? Only time will tell.
Their business model is "refund the complaints"
Considering Pokimane went out of her way to upper-cap donations to a fiver I doubt she's concerned with losing money from this
This person is #39 on this list  which shows earnings from ~2 years up till Oct 2021. She is arguably a top100 streamer, but I wouldn't use these heavy wordings of 'biggest Twitch streamer' cause I am sure there's going to be fans of various of these top100 personae who claim such.
She doesn't score as high in most other metrics, so there are certainly more channels with a claim to "biggest (female) Twitch streamer" depending on how you look at it.
XQC and others regularly pull 5x the concurrent viewership
Even fewer would have the resources to actually pursue legal action if the trademark is infringed upon.
This is probably not a realistic suggestion for all but a few hundred projects.
Trademarks don't need to be registered and many trademarks simply exist through active use.
However, your second paragraph is the key one. While trademarks don't need to be registered (and, in any case, trademark registrations are mostly on a country by country basis) it's pretty much on you to spend the money to defend your trademark if you want to do so. No one's going to do it for you.
Maybe $5,000 if you're talking about high-touch legal help or the trademarks are dicey.
If you hold a trademark you are obligated to defend it. If you don't others can void it.
This is enough of a problem that anti-SLAPP laws have been passed in several jurisdictions. Those laws only go so far, though (and you still need to mount a defence of some description)
Edit: Not copyright -> trademark
The point of open source is that you can modify it. But can you modify it and still call it the same name? If so, how much can you modify it?
> 2. Altered source versions must be plainly marked as such, and must not be misrepresented as being the original software.
If I patch the Linux kernel and compile it, can I call it the Linux kernel?
If Streamlabs patches OBS, can they call it Streamlabs OBS?
There really isn’t a straightforward answer.
In response someone likely affiliated with OBS filed their own trademark, though that was abandoned:
In simplified words, it's a screen recording software that also lets you stream to twitch and other streaming portals. In practice it does way more than that though.
Sadly, most people just scratch the surface of what OBS can really do. If you really want to dig in to it, it is has the capabilities of a TV Broadcasting Studio for the financially constrained yet fanatically devoted to the cause level of features. I have used it in place of a TriCaster. I find myself constantly amazed at the things that can be achieved with this software to the point that I shake my head and think this shouldn't be possible. And then grin as other people think it was done in a studio.
So, yes, this thing can make a text document.
XSplit emerged slightly before OBS Classic but OBS innovated with a far superior game capture implementation on Windows, supporting shared texture hooking across D3D8-D3D11 and OpenGL, which helped it gain massive traction with the Twitch crowd. After retaining a large user base it was eventually rewritten as the cross-platform OBS Studio.
"Open Broadcaster Software" -> https://obsproject.com
Why Microsoft decided to put this functionality only in the Game Bar (and not also in, say, the Snipping Tool) is anyone's guess...
But desktop usecase, OBS is pretty much a gold standard.