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From Shane Curcuru <>
Subject Re: OOo Trademark
Date Thu, 21 Jul 2011 01:16:39 GMT
Thanks for the info.  Note that it would be helpful if people interested 
in working with trademarks read the Apache policies, as well as our 
growing list of FAQs:

Part of my strategy is to attempt to cover as many of the basic kinds of 
uses with generic documentation, and to try to limit the number of 
explicit agreements or specific grants that we give to third parties.

I.e. if we can clearly state in a policy that using our marks in manner 
X is generally permissible, without having to fillin a webform or email 
for written permission, it makes our life much, much simpler.  There are 
plenty of uses of trademarks that don't require any permissions and are 
not infringing - otherwise, how could I order a Coke (or a Pepsi) to drink?

For things like journalists writing an article about Apache products, or 
individuals with personal blogs who just want to link to the download 
page for a product - I'd like to be able to point to a policy or FAQ 
that notes if they do it appropriately, no explicit permission is required.

Obviously with the userbase and reach of, we need to 
consider how to manage the kinds of requests and the load of requests 
going forward, now that we're becoming Apache OpenOffice.

- Shane

On 7/20/2011 9:06 PM, Peter Junge wrote:
> Am 20.07.2011 03:57, schrieb Shane Curcuru:
> [...]
>> Andrew (or whoever): how/when can we get the submissions to that webform?
> I've contacted the person who I think was responsible before.
>> I'm actually wondering if and how we should review those, versus simply
>> asking people to start contacting ooo-dev@ about requests from the
>> Apache side.
> That might depend on the number of requests that have accumulated in
> recent weeks.
>> In particular, with the transfer of the OOo marks, how do we (as in,
>> this PPMC and trademarks@) handle any permissions or licensing of
>> ""? Especially since that mark primarily refers to a
>> product that we - the ASF - do not actually distribute?
> Many of these request are sent by journalists (e.g. providing OOo as
> part of an open source DVD as magazine add) and authors (e.g. screen
> shots for a publication). Another large group are individual open source
> enthusiasts who just want to put the OOo logo on their website to link
> the download page. IMHO, it would be easiest to point everyone on this
> list, let them briefly summarize their concern and then giving them a
> preliminary permission. Next, they can send us the results of using the
> OOo logo or trademark, so we can make a final decisions while having the
> real context available.
> best regards,
> peter
>> - Shane
>> On 7/19/2011 12:51 PM, Andrew Rist wrote:
>>> On 7/18/2011 10:37 PM, Peter Junge wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I'm still getting requests now and again from persons who want to use
>>>> the trademark for various reasons. In former times I
>>>> have been pointing them to a web form that Oracle was providing. So,
>>>> my questions are:
>>>> - Is the OOo trademark already with Apache?
>>> Oracle legal is currently working with ASF on the transfer.
>>>> - If yes, I recall I have to forward them to,
>>>> right?
>>>> - If not, is Oracle still taking on such requests?
>>> All of these types of requests are on hold at Oracle. The process should
>>> be moved over to Apache.
>>>> + Do requesters still have to use the web form?
>>>> Or, is there any interims process?
>>> Not at this time - and - this should make it over to the Apache side of
>>> things in reasonably short order.
>>>> Best regards,
>>>> Peter

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