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From Andy Brown <a...@the-martin-byrd.net>
Subject Re: OOo Trademark
Date Thu, 21 Jul 2011 01:56:49 GMT
Shane Curcuru wrote:
> 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:
> 
>   http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/
>   http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/faq/
> 
> 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 OpenOffice.org, 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
> 

When I first got started with the Distribution project at OOo this is
the way it worked.  It was only a few months ago that Oracle changed the
policy.  I would prefer the above as well.

Andy

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