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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: OOo electronic distribution
Date Sun, 03 Jun 2012 22:55:37 GMT
old business...see Rob's responses below

Would it be OK to extract some of Rob's responses and add them (in a 
general way) to the modified --


Maybe as sort of a general FAQ on redistributing?

But with a caveat that ooo-dev should still be contacted.

At least this might forego addressing the same sorts of issues again and 

On 04/03/2012 04:39 AM, Rob Weir wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 3:38 AM, Issac Goldstand<>  wrote:
>> Hi,
>> At ACNA I mentioned to Shane that the company that I work for was
>> interested in re-distributing OO but was concerned over the legalities of
>> doing so - specifically regarding trademark use.  After explaining the
>> company and project in detail he said that he thought it could work out,
>> and directed me to poll the podling as a prerequisite for getting trademark
>> approval from the ASF.  Although that project (at work) was frozen by the
>> time I returned from Vancouver, it's come up in discussion again, so I'd
>> like to ask the podling for permission to use the trademarks and guidance
>> on how to best keep the podling's interests in mind.
>> The company focuses on monetized installers, similar to those found in
>> Oracle's JAVA windows installer or on CNET downloads (which is actually our
>> product), where we offer an opt-in bundled software download as part of the
>> installer.
>> Currently, our team has come up with mockups for the installer and landing
>> page for the download, which I'd be happy to provide in the form of
>> attachments on-list, or off-list (or on a wiki if that's the "right way to
>> do it").
> Hi Isaac,
> Here are my personal thoughts.  Don't take this as a final decision by the
> project, but just me weighing in, and hoping that other project members do
> as well.
> First, thanks for asking.  Not everyone does that, though they should.
> Links to your mock-up would be great.
> For background, I would note that some of our users have been confused but
> such "monitized installers" before, and we have received complaints.
> (However, to be fair I don't think they were from your company).
> Since we cannot control the quality or the user experience for modified
> installs, and the experience for the user would differ from our released
> OpenOffice, it would probably be confusing to the user to call your product
> just "" or "Apache OpenOffice" without further distinction.
> IMHO, one of the attributes of our brand is that it is non-commercial,
> free, open source software.
> So I think you should consider another primary name that distinguish your
> offering, while truthfully indicating that it is based on OpenOffice.   For
> example, "Super Office, powered by Apache OpenOffice", where "Super Office"
> could be any name of your choice that you have rights to use.  That might
> be the name of your overall bundle.
> So if there is a link that says, "Click here to download",
> and that link does not actually point directly to an unmodified release of
>, then that is a problem.  If it says, "Click here to
> download the Super Office Bundle, powered by (TM)", then
> that might be OK.
>> What we want to know, specifically is:
>> 1) How to brand the product?  Given we're talking about 3.3.0 (at least
>> until 3.4.0 happens), we thought to simply brand it  Should
>> we continue that line, or use Apache OpenOffice?  If the latter, should we
>> include "Incubating" and the logos set out at**
>> confluence/display/OOOUSERS/**AOOLogo+proposal<>or
> 3.3 should be called "", 3.4 should be called "Apache
> OpenOffice".
>> 2) We'd like pointers on the right place (if any) to include (TM) or (R)
>> or anything else both on the landing page and on the installer.
> "" would be (R).  "Apache OpenOffice" would be (TM)
> Acknowledgment of the trademarks is key.  Also, if users might be confused
> as to the source of the bundle, a disclaimer might be appropriate, e.g.,
> "Super Office is a product of Foo Corporation and is not affiliated with or
> endorsed by the Apache Software Foundation.  "" is a
> trademark of the Apache Software Foundation."
> 3) Other general pointers that you have.
>> Policy is here:
> My recommendation would be first to resolve the name question and how to
> avoid users confusing the bundled software with an Apache source or
> endorsement. That is the key question.
> Regards,
> -Rob
>> Thanks,
>>   Issac


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