Re: Changes in formal naming for NetBSD porting effort(s)
Scripsit Branden Robinson <email@example.com>
> On Thu, Dec 18, 2003 at 04:31:42AM +0000, Henning Makholm wrote:
> > Which would amount to saying "We won't tell you why, but please change
> > your name." I think that would be discouteous in the extreme.
> No, they simply could have said that they were worried that people would
> be confused that NetBSD was a product of the Debian Project.
Isn't that what they did?
They added that such confusion might make it hard for them to defend
their trademark. Is that a threat of litigation against Debian? I
think not. It is simply an explanations of their misgivings.
> > > Possible approaches include:
> > > 1) don't ask, don't tell
> > > 2) order us to stop
> > > 3) grant us a license
> > 4) Ask us nicely to stop.
> Not compatible with mention of trademark.
Yes, because their trademark is one of the reasons why they would like
us to stop. That is called being open, not being threatening.
> > And (4). I don't think you have provided *any* evidence that (4) was
> > not what they did, and I think that to react as if (2) was the case
> > would be silly and excessively confrontational.
> There is no such thing as a common-law trademark.
I don't see the connection between that and what I wrote.
> Telling someone that they are (or "might be") diluting your
> trademark is putting them on notice that you think you have a
> potential tort claim against them.
Perhaps it has that legal implication. You are claiming that this
legal implication is *why* they told us about their misgivings. I find
it hard to believe that, when the alternative explanation that they
were just being polite is so much more likely.
> That's not polite in my book.
I still don't see how you think they could have explained their
problems in a polite way, then. Your book seems to say that being open
> In yours, for all I know, it's a means of romantic flirtation.
Please read what I wrote. Telling us why they are worried *is*
polite. Just telling us that they are worred, and deliberately
withholding information about why is impolite.
Henning Makholm "And why should I talk slaves' and fools' talk? I
don't want him to live for ever, and I know that he's
not going to live for ever whether I want him to or not."