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From Noah Slater <nsla...@tumbolia.org>
Subject Re: Couchbase trademark issues
Date Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:29:09 GMT
"Domain names using Apache marks must not be used to promote software
products that are similar to Apache software products, or to promote
software products that are similarly named in any fashion to any Apache
products or projects. Domains using Apache marks may only be used to
provide services and/or differently-named software products that are
directly related to the Apache product whose mark is being used."

— http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/domains.html

It could be argued that this applies to Couchbase, as a name as well as a
domain name. As Couchbase grows further and further apart from the CouchDB
product, this becomes more and more of a concern. However, this page is
also noteworthy for the list of requirements the ASF have for use of its
trademarks in a domain name. Perhaps a reasonable compromise might be made
by asking Couchbase to follow these, and improve its marketing and its
brand messaging to make these distinctions crystal clear?

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