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From Damien Katz <>
Subject Re: Introducing CouchDB Ltd.
Date Sun, 08 Mar 2009 16:49:38 GMT
Standard disclaimer: I am not a lawyer.

The name of the official project is Apache CouchDB. I see CouchDB as  
being like Linux, where (as far as I know anyone) is free to use the  
name. So, IMO it is completely fair to name a company CouchDB Ltd. But  
it also means anyone else can name their company CouchDB LLC or The  
Real CouchDB Ltd. This is a bigger problem. You don't have a  
defensible trademark.


On Mar 8, 2009, at 12:41 PM, Chris Anderson wrote:

> Devs,
> I've felt the fair-competition argument a little on my own, so hearing
> it from other quarters gives it even greater weight. We're discussing
> ways to proceed that take into account the full community, including
> competitors (of which we hope to have many!)
> Thanks for the perspective, everyone. We'll have more to announce in
> the next few days.
> Cheers,
> Chris
> -- 
> Chris Anderson

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