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From "Gav...." <brightoncomput...@brightontown.com.au>
Subject RE: Project Naming (was Re: [VOTE] Accept Glasgow into Incubator)
Date Mon, 07 Aug 2006 10:39:34 GMT


> -----Original Message-----
> From: robert burrell donkin [mailto:robertburrelldonkin@gmail.com]
> Sent: Monday, 7 August 2006 4:41 AM
> To: general@incubator.apache.org
> Subject: Re: Project Naming (was Re: [VOTE] Accept Glasgow into Incubator)
> 

<snip>

> given the amount of upset caused by names, i think that we should
> appoint sanjiva as chief-name-wangler. his role would be to seek out
> remote parts of the world with languages as yet untouched by
> commercial name mining and come back with a harvest of great new names
> for apache projects  ;-)

Im sure (well 99% sure) this was in jest, but before coming to this point
In the discussion I was thinking along the lines of maybe having a file
Somewhere where a wide range of suitable names live, projects could then
Choose one knowing it has already gone through all the legal stuff etc.

This however has its downside in that in the future, some of these names
May get snapped up externally and get trademarked etc, meaning the file
Would have to be kept up to date in this regard.

.. bringing me to my real question, suppose an incubating project choose
A name, it gets checked, yep all good and no legal issues, we now have
(e.g.) barney.apache.org. Its been going a few months and then some 
External Company decides to trademark 'barney' as a piece of java
Software - what is the legal stance there? I don't know, but I suppose
I'm asking without looking, do names chosen for Apache projects get
Legally protected by ASF, first come first served and all that.?

Gav...

> 
> - robert
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