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From Niclas Hedhman <nic...@hedhman.org>
Subject Re: Jini Specifications
Date Sun, 30 Jan 2011 05:47:25 GMT
On Sun, Jan 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM, Peter Firmstone <jini@zeus.net.au> wrote:

> To clarify, Jini is a specification, owned by Sun Microsystems (now Oracle)
> and developed in consultation with the "Jini Community", Jini is a trademark
> owned by Oracle, Oracle also has the rights to a number of patents regarding
> Jini Technology.  Apache River has been granted rights to use these patents,
> as part of the software grant by Sun Microsystems, there's also a patent
> covenant, which covers AL2 code not included in the software grant.
> Apache River now maintains the Jini Specifications (please correct me if I'm
> wrong), but Oracle still owns the trademark.

I recall otherwise, but would need to go and check the official records...

> I still think we need to be careful to document publicly that Jini is
> trademarked by Sun Microsystems (Oracle) and Apache River is an
> implementation of the Jini Specifications.

Before you change, need to get the facts right...

> Should the Jini Specification be broken out into a sub project with
> releases, votes etc?

I would find it odd if Oracle owns the specifications and trademarks,
and they are being maintained and developed at ASF. It seems wrong,
and I think Jini, lock stock and barrel, was transferred to ASF
(possibly with a large tax deduction for Sun).

Niclas Hedhman, Software Developer
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