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Links 1 through 10 of 40 by Simon Phipps tagged Trademark

A more detailed article explaining the problem VLC is having with companies using not just the code (which they are free to do) but also the reputation of an open source project as part of dubious business practices. This is a massive problem for the most famous open source brands, and I am especially worried that there's no-one protecting OpenOffice.org end-user from these sorts of scams at present or, as far as I can tell, any time in the near future.

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The proposed trademark policy for MariaDB is worth reading; they are keen to receive comments. Despite the policy being very well balanced, it lacks a matching implementation document to make all the statements have concrete consequences. Take a look and add comments for them.

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Well worth reading this explanation, and especially the Oracle VP's response. It's hard to think of a better case study for why communities should be open-by-rule.

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Excellent approach to trademark stewardship here. The open-by-rule principle - that a community should be an equal place where every participant has the same rights to the collective copyrights, trademarks and patents as everyone else - seems to be scrupulously observed in the Wordpress community and I'm very impressed.

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They've written a fine document that is well worth reading in full and using in discussion with others.

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Nothing very radical here, apart from the appearance of ™ on the logo and the appendage of Oracle ownership of that mark.

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"This issue is an embarrassment for all concerned, a naked bit of crony-capitalism that has so much more at stake than mere copyright. It needs to stop." -- Great overview, read it.

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This is the sort of action that's open to a community when there's a decent trademark strategy in place. If you see other OpenOffice.org scams, report them on the community's marketing list.

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If you're a US citizen, write to negotiator working on your behalf on ACTA and express your concerns about how ACTA will enshrine in law protections for outdated business models at the expense of new innovations, internet and software freedoms and the education of the next generation who will be criminalised because of it.

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I'll be speaking at OSCON 2009 - using material from Tiki Dare's wonderful paper on open source communities and trademarks.

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