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Re: "Debian" Core Consortium

* Ian Murdock (imurdock@progeny.com) wrote:
> Ok, this is most unexpected, so I'm going to have to take
> some time to consider my response. I can say with 100% certainty that
> a trademark policy more restrictive than the one adopted by Linus
> Torvalds for Linux isn't what the founder of this project had in mind.

Uh, my response would be appropriate if Debian *did* have the trademark
policy Linus uses for Linux.  It's basically "ask first, get an official
submark before using it, or don't use it".  It's pretty obvious that
people involved in creating this new entity would have a conflict of
interest as to if the submark should be granted or not, so they
shouldn't be involved in the decision making associated with granting it
or not.


> Stephen Frost wrote:
> > * Ian Murdock (imurdock@progeny.com) wrote:
> > 
> >>Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> >>
> >>>* Ian Murdock <imurdock@progeny.com> [2005-07-24 07:25]:
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>>As always, feedback welcome. We're not trying to step on any toes.
> >>>
> >>>http://www.educ.umu.se/~bjorn/mhonarc-files/debian-announce/msg00083.html
> >>
> >>Thank you, I'm aware of this. :-)
> >>
> >>But I don't see anything in here that's incompatible with what
> >>we're doing--for one, this isn't a business (it's not even really a
> >>consortium, since there won't be any formal organization behind
> >>it--the best way to describe it is that it's an open-source project).
> > 
> > 
> > Sorry, it doesn't work that way.  You said in the prior message that
> > it's not going to be called "Debian Core Consortium", that's good, as
> > whatever you call it *shouldn't* include the term "Debian" in it unless
> > you get an official submark of the "Debian" trademark from SPI.  It's
> > possible that could be done but assuming you can just use the "Debian"
> > trademark in advertising, communication with the press, or as the name
> > of anything is wrong.
> > 
> > I would *strongly* encourage you to figure out what name you *do* want
> > to use for this, encouarge that it *not* include the trademarked term
> > "Debian", or that you contact SPI regarding getting an official submark.
> > I would encourage SPI to contact their counsel regarding this and that
> > anyone involved in the creation of this new entity not be involved in
> > any decisions by SPI on if the submark should be granted.
> > 
> > 	Thanks,
> > 
> > 		Stephen
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