Linux Trademark Institute

The Linux Mark Institute (LMI) protects the public and Linux users from unauthorized and confusing uses of the trademark and to authorize proper uses of the mark through an accessible sublicensing program. In affiliation with the Linux Foundation, LMI is able to offer a free, perpetual, world-wide sublicense to approved sublicense applicants. In return, the sublicensee holders must agree not to challenge Linus Torvalds' ownership of the Linux mark in any jurisdiction, and to provide proper attribution of ownership on their goods, services and elsewhere. The Linux Sublicense Agreement is available for review.


Here, you can learn more or read our Frequently Asked Questions about the trademark and LMI's sublicensing program, apply for a sublicense to use the Linux trademark as part of your organization's trademark, review terms of the "Linux Sublicense Agreement, and report abuses of the Linux trademark that you've encountered. Please see our page on Fair Use for more information about public usage of the mark.

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