use/ownership of "Open Source"
First off, I am not going to claim to know alot about the inner workings of
SPI. I am not going to claim to be any kind of uberauthority on any subject.
However, I am going to state my opinion, and solicit feedback.
The term "Open Source" is owned by SPI as a certification mark.
"Open Source" has become a rather popular term in the computing industry.
However, we do own the mark, and we have neglected the fact that we can legally require people to comply with the Open Source Definition. This neglect has
allowed groups like Apple and random people (Al Gore?) to misappropriate
the mark for their own purposes. I am going to propose a rather radical idea
We (SPI and the Free Software community) need to assert control over
our ideas. This includes management of the Open Source mark. We cannot
allow people to dilute the meaning of Open Source. I see the mark as
being alot like Microsoft's "Designed for Windows NT" program...a
project may display an Open Source logo (hey..theres an idea) and
use the term "Open Source" in its advertising and other documents
as long as the project complies with the OSD. We do not need to
certify every single project out there, only point out to people who
misuse the mark that they are in the wrong, and perhaps enfore
compliance (cease-and-desist letters, etc?).
We routinely bitch at people who try to restrict our rights in the name of
"Intellectual Property." Why can't we protect ours when people try and use it
against us? I would like to know people's feelings on the subject...if your
reply is private, please direct it to me, but otherwise, share it with the
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