https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andro0

Duolingo copy-cat app!!

I was using my brothers phone to put duolingo on there for him and when I searched duolingo I saw an app with a bird on it for 2.99.. Looked at the details and it even says duolingo in the description and says " do not copy this app or the intellectual property". They have multiple other apps all with duolingo.. Search-- Bui Vahn Thanh. That is the developer.. It is a total ripoff and they are trying to make people pay using the duolingo name!

E: The main one has been taken down, but there are still a few apps with duolingo's name on them from the same developer

February 15, 2014

47 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luis

Thanks for letting us know! We'll ask Apple to take them down, and hopefully they will.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Puddleglum

Wouldn't Apple be held responsible as well if they didn't? As some people have noted, this isn't the only case of infringement, as there are other knock-offs/copies for other languages. Will you be pursuing those as well?

EDIT: I don't mean to be intrusive or demanding. I'm just curious.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pont

It does seem strange, considering the many perfectly innocuous apps that have been barred from the App Store, that Apple don't check for blatant trademark infringement.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeeDeeBug

Luis, I just checked and there is now a Duo-langues and it looks like a crappy cheap program. The icon is two people giving each other a high five. I did not find a duo lingo, only the duo-langues.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andro0

They took it down :) but there are still dictionary apps that cost money and have duolingo on them

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheBryce

Let's upvote this post to get the attention of Luis and get this removed!

February 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AbraxunsIllusion

Agreed.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrenchAddict7

Good idea!

February 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/makemusic

In the description of the fake app: "Do NOT copy this app, or the intellectual property of the idea of this app… You will be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law." — HAHAHAAA!!!!

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Puddleglum

Why does Apple OK apps like these? I mean, they're obvious ripoffs. Isn't there some sort of screening for apps? I though it wasn't as free as the Google Play store because Apple is so controlling of their products.

February 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pont
February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rewong

LOL the app is called "Doulingo- Learn Languages for Free" yet it costs $2.99 to download....anyway it's one of the several Duolingo copycats for languages that are still in the Incubator. This one is for Vietnamese, and I've seen one by someone named wangzhulong for Chinese.

February 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ratizi

Chinese Skill by Wang Zhulong is actually not bad. If only I was good with accents :P

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tariqnisarahmed

Talk about Apple being asleep at the wheel: copycats of the App of the Year get approved? Apple should not just take the fakes down but should check its app-approvers for sobriety.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/aowstin

Free language learning for 2.99 lol.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rewong

Everything about this "Doulingo" app contradicts itself haha

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pcampisi

Look on the bright side - Imitation is the best form of flattery.

Seriously, I do see it in app store and I hope Apple does take it down.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrenchAddict7

I just searched it! It is a total ripoff! I totally agree with you!

February 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/curlyeric

It says doulingo in the image now, but that not in the app name. Not uncommon for these copycats to misspell the name in a trivial was in order to avoid running afoul of a direct copy claim.

With such poor engrish I would be surprised if it gets a lot of buyers.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alaera

It looks like it's only an Apple thing. I don't see any such copycat on Android. At least, not after a cursory look.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pont

Me neither -- a search just brings up the legit one, and Babbel (Babbel briefly mentions Duolingo in the description, but is clearly not pretending to be Duolingo). Apple users tend to spend more money than Android users, so it probably makes sense for a scam artist to target them first.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheUnBrokenDown

omg, seriously. how selfish! the things people do for a dollar. its sad, really. well, now it seems like Luis saw it, so its probably taken care of, but still! This is serious, its called scamming. people needa understand how big of a deal it is! its like taking money out of other people's pockets without them noticing until later when they need it or find out about it.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Puddleglum

It's not just dishonest, it's copyright infringement, which is illegal. Duolingo owns the copyright to its name, image, etc. and these companies are stealing it.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheUnBrokenDown

i know right! its awful! has it been taken care of?

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaxyLady

I looked for "Doulingo" several hours ago in the app store and didn't see it.

Oops I lied. I see all those fake Duo apps. :(

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kalquimarke

Duolingo's Flappy Brother! They should be banned!

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/S0R0USH

Both Android and the Apple Store are starting to screen out apps named "Flappy". They should also screen out apps with the name "Duolingo"

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/I.m.Geniza

Take out the competition!

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tisdalexoxo

Oh wow and they stole the name. AND they said do not copy their app, but yet they're copying Duolingo.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/j-Alamillo

It is a total ripoff

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SaraSarita123

That is not fair at all! :(

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Kaleigh-Lin

That's terrible! I can't believe anyone would ever do that! They are terrible people!

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DutchDuoL

at least it's not as bad as when you type 'flappy bird' ;)

February 15, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheUnBrokenDown

erm..haha-hah. sarcastic

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AGirlNamedHannah

Lol yeah !! :D

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I just sent in an email to abuse@duolingo.com with the link to this conversation. If Staff isn't already aware, they will be once my report ticket comes up. Thanks for bringing this to the attention of the DL community! ^_^

Update Staff is aware. It's up to Apple to take it down.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AernJardos

Good eye. I hope Apple acts swiftly to sort out this nonsense.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/profelevi

haha, that is actually pretty hilarious.

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/prajna2002

it really happened

February 16, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/dxaxvxixdx

Do they also not have a vocabulary tab?

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MysteryPick

That's so sad. Trying to profit off of something not their own. I'm glad its not working for them! LOL

January 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheseGoldenBunz

I can't find it in the App Store. Maybe it's been taken down.

February 18, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andro0

It is now taken down

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NichitaG

I do not like this man.Uh uh, girlfriend

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lksedor

They still have at 'Duolingo' russian dictionary...https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/duolingo-dictionary-english/id820391039?mt=8

February 19, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanNietsch

There is still (or again) a fake app in the apple app store. Shocked me for a moment, because i searched for "duolingo" i only found the 2.99$ rip-off. Searching for "duo lingo" i got the right app. Weird.

March 16, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Can you post a screenshot or other information so Duolingo can get it removed?

March 16, 2015
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