On Saturday 08 August 2009 07:08:25 you wrote:
Yes it is possible to figure out. It is very easy when people have some
different documentation, copyright information, and so on. It is not
a real problem. Those who think it is a problem need to do more reading
and reflecting on the matter. This is FOSS, not commercial enterprise,
things do not need to operate exactly the same as in proprietary
situations. That goes as much for trademarks as it does for copyrights.
Since there is so much confusion surrounding how copyrights work
in FOSS, it should be no surprise that similar misunderstandings exist
for trademarks in the same situation.
Consider patents also. Patents on software are a big potential problem that
has come to the top of the list. In the past they were not given nearly as
much consideration, but the issue was forced into the FOSS world by commercial
interests. The last thing that is needed in FOSS is free software projects
going after other projects of the same nature merely for a name, but it has
already started to happen. Those that do this are not really protecting
anything that is of a FOSS nature, they do it for commercial interests. And
that is where you see trademarks come up, when some company is doing
FOSS, not usually when it is a person or small group doing it. If a small
FOSS project goes after another one for trademark it is because they do not
understand how and when trademarks apply and what issues it makes
> IMO the same name would be bad, and completely different names would be
No reason to. It is all just preference. If you have a preference, that is
Don't worry I have already been through this trademark dispute thing
with another project I forked. They made all kinds of crazy claims
and did not understand how futile it is for one FOSS project to try
to go after another one. I still have my similar name even though
they have a trademark. Trademarks are for commercial interest.
Claimed infringements on trademarks have to show that the existence
of a similarly named product causes or potentially causes damage
to the trademark holders product, company, bottom line, and so on.
When you fork a FOSS project the intent is to improve upon something,
not distribute a product of lesser quality. Most trademark infringements
are about the passing off of a lesser quality product than the original.
In FOSS how can this be determined? The license used in FOSS comes
with no warranty, no guarantee, and so on. Can you see the futility
of such a claim now?
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