[OSGeo-Discuss] [Marketing] Proprietary GIS on our OSGeo website

Angelos Tzotsos gcpp.kalxas at gmail.com
Thu Sep 21 10:38:41 PDT 2017

Hi all,

This is exactly what I had in mind.
We cannot really worry that people might think we are promoting 
proprietary software, that is not the case.
We can worry that someone might find a way to sue us for using their 
brand in our promotional materials....
Don't forget that "Microsoft loves Linux" these days but they still 
threat to sue whoever does not pay "Android fees" to them....


On 09/21/2017 11:28 AM, Sanghee Shin wrote:
> Hi all,
> Let’s go back to the legal issues. ESRI provides its clear guidelines about how to use its products name, web link and logo here: http://www.esri.com/legal/weblink-logoagreement. Please read through the license agreement. I don’t think we can meet all the terms and conditions provided by ESRI.
> Cheers,
> 신상희
> ---
> Shin, Sanghee
> Gaia3D, Inc. - The GeoSpatial Company
> www.gaia3d.com
> 보낸 사람: Sandro Santilli
> 보낸 날짜: 2017년 9월 21일 목요일 오후 5:19
> 받는 사람: Jody Garnett
> 참조: OSGeo Discussions; Helmut Kudrnovsky; OSGeo-Marketing
> 제목: Re: [OSGeo-Discuss] [Marketing] Proprietary GIS on our OSGeo website
> On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 08:33:05PM -0700, Jody Garnett wrote:
>> How much of your initial concern was providing a link? Or is it just
>> displaying the name (switching to MapInfo for the example here). It would
>> be kind of nice if the it behaved like a keyword, and linked to the project
>> page short listing all the projects that one can migrate to from MapInfo.
> It's different degrees of annoyance. I guess a brand-less and
> link-less list of names of proprietary products would not be too
> "offensive" for me (assuming spam filtering lets it pass) but I'd
> still prefer an hidden keyword. Something that you never see written
> but is recognized by the search engine to give you back a similar
> software: you search for <proprietary> you get <free>.
> The "like Photoshop, only better" motto I like even when it contains
> the name because it explicitly bashes it :)
> --strk;
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Angelos Tzotsos, PhD
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Open Source Geospatial Foundation

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