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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <g...@pobox.com>
Subject Re: JBoss trademark issue
Date Sun, 25 Mar 2007 14:51:42 GMT

On Mar 25, 2007, at 10:48 AM, Niclas Hedhman wrote:

>
> Gang,
>
> We all know what happened to JBoss open source project, JBoss  
> trademark owned
> by Marc Fleury and JBoss Inc aggressive protection of the trademark.
>
> For fledgling open source projects, that are not backed by ASF/FSF,  
> are there
> any tips on what can be done to avoid future community disaster of  
> such kind.

I guess I gotta ask - what community disaster?  Was there ever a  
JBoss community distinct from the company?

> For instance, are there any ways to "disable" trademarks from future
> registrations? If not, what else can be done to calm the  
> participants from
> same thing happening again?
>
> The only thing I can think of myself is that someone registers the  
> trademark,
> and license it perpetually, just like source code. But whoever that  
> is, isn't
> likely to "protect" the trademark (too costly), and I recall that the
> statement being "If you don't protect it, you loose it."


>
>
> Thanks for any advice.
>
>
> Cheers
> Niclas
>
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