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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: Couchbase trademark issues
Date Tue, 13 Mar 2012 04:01:21 GMT
(Whoops! Apologies for mixed up subjects and poor threading; I'm not on 

I just wanted to add one other comment about this previous note:

James Hayton wrote on Feb 20, 2012:
> Maybe a crazy idea, but since the end result of any legal stuff would
> be somebody changing the name of something, why doesn't Apache
> CouchDB just re brand itself? I mean we need a website makeover,
> etc... Why don't we just ditch the name and come up with something
> better with a new vision, new leadership, etc... Lets put a few
> features in that people have been asking for, include the big couch
> code (clustering), create a new website and call it something
> different. (CouchDB 2.0 Becomes AwesomeDB lol)
> I understand that alot of people have quite a bit invested in the
> name CouchDB, at this may not be something realistic, but this just
> seems like at least another option we should discuss.
> Just my .02.
> James

If the bulk of the Apache CouchDB PMC truly wanted to consider a rename 
(and discussed and [VOTE]d on the matter, then we'd certainly help that 
to happen.  The PMC *is* who gets to decide the project direction.

But I'm confident that's *not* the case, since several folks have spoken 
out against it.  I personally think it would be a really bad idea to 
change the CouchDB name - especially since CouchDB is arguably the first 
project that gave such brand recognition to the "Couch" name in the 
noSQL database arena.

In most trademark issues, I'd think more people would ask why the 
*follow-on* products don't change their names, rather than the original 
product.  But in this case, I'm hoping that the pain of renaming is not 
necessary, and we can reduce user confusion by both improving our own 
story, as well as asking other Couch-named products to better 
differentiate themselves and better give us - this PMC, the committers, 
and the ASF - the credit we deserve for building and shipping Apache 
CouchDB itself in the first place.

- Shane

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