https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0

Duolingo copy-cat app!!

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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

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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Thanks for letting us know! We'll ask Apple to take them down, and hopefully they will.

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
Andro0
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They took it down :) but there are still dictionary apps that cost money and have duolingo on them

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheBryce

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AbraxunsIllusion

Agreed.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

Good idea!

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/pont
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4 years ago

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Ratizi
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Chinese Skill by Wang Zhulong is actually not bad. If only I was good with accents :P

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DutchDuoL
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at least it's not as bad as when you type 'flappy bird' ;)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheUnBrokenDown

erm..haha-hah. sarcastic

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AGirlNamedHannah

Lol yeah !! :D

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/aowstin

Free language learning for 2.99 lol.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rewong
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Everything about this "Doulingo" app contradicts itself haha

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchAddict7

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

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheUnBrokenDown

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

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Kalquimarke

Duolingo's Flappy Brother! They should be banned!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/S0R0USH
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Both Android and the Apple Store are starting to screen out apps named "Flappy". They should also screen out apps with the name "Duolingo"

4 years ago

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

Take out the competition!

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/tisdalexoxo

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/j-Alamillo
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It is a total ripoff

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SaraSarita123

That is not fair at all! :(

4 years ago

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

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

4 years ago

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AernJardos
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Good eye. I hope Apple acts swiftly to sort out this nonsense.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/fluencyplan

haha, that is actually pretty hilarious.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/prajna2002

it really happened

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dxaxvxixdx

Do they also not have a vocabulary tab?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/MysteryPick

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

8 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheseGoldenBunz

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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It is now taken down

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NichitaG

I do not like this man.Uh uh, girlfriend

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lksedor

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

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Usagiboy7
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Can you post a screenshot or other information so Duolingo can get it removed?

3 years ago
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