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From Greg Stein <gst...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Role of Incubator PMC Votes
Date Thu, 09 Sep 2010 17:51:08 GMT
On Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 08:47, James Carman <james@carmanconsulting.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 9, 2010 at 8:38 AM, Tim Williams <williamstw@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Are you suggesting there are trademark concerns with the name the
>> project has chosen?  If so, then yes, that's a valid reason for the
>> IPMC to challenge a project's vote - as a part of 'grooming' them to
>> think through these things...  in other words, the basis for us
>> challenging the vote is "trademark concern" rather than "I don't like
>> that name, it's too broad"...
>>
>> ... but I haven't seen a mark concern brought up...
>
> No, you were saying that the IPMC has no say in this naming matter and
> that they should only be concerned with
> "release/legal/trademark/etc-type" issues.  My point is that the name
> is the trademark.  So, that would fall under the IPMC's jurisdiction.
> That's all I was saying.
>
> As far as there being a trademark issue with the name, I would think
> it would be pretty hard to go after someone for using the term
> "connectors framework."  That's way too general.  I don't really think
> there's a mark concern, per se.
>
> I voiced my opinion because the person opened up the vote and said
> only IPMC members have a binding vote.  As someone pointed out before,
> it's eventually up to the board to decide if the project makes it out
> of the incubator with that name.  If there are a lot of folks on the
> IPMC that think the name stinks, then it's a fair chance that there
> will be some on the board who think it stinks too.

We defer to the project to know what is best for their product naming.
We have tweaked PMC names at least once, but the Board really doesn't
want to get into second-guessing what the team thinks is an
appropriate name. As long as it doesn't infringe, of course, but even
then we expect the project to coordinate with Legal to watch out for
this themselves.

I haven't followed this particular issue because it seems like a
slamdunk easy thing. If the podling wants to change their name, then
fine. Sounds easy enough. I would see no reason for anybody outside
the podling to -1 that choice, and might even say that I'd be upset if
they did...

Cheers,
-g

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