[Incubator] Trademarks (was Re: [Live-demo] Retire MapTiler from OSGeo-Live)
jody.garnett at gmail.com
Tue Feb 10 09:42:51 PST 2015
It is more that any issues such as this are up to the project leadership to
resolve and communicate. It may take some time for a course of action to be
determined. Some communities may wish to handle this in public but the
choice is up to them.
Open source is always consumer beware. If you see an open source project
that is also trademarked you should be in position to anticipate this kind
risk. But it is just a risk. As an open source software foundation we are
focused on keeping the source code free We all watched MySQL break into
two, with product going one way and some of the developers going another.
The fact this was a possible is a good example of open source succeeding :)
It is interesting the split between open source protecting use of software,
where TM is a bit more about protecting use of product.
On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 3:54 AM Even Rouault <even.rouault at spatialys.com>
> Hi Jody,
> Thanks for your answers.
> > Trademarks is one of those issues we tend to handle off-list with mentor
> > and project leadership (and/or the board if required).
> I'm wondering why it should be dealt so secretly. Isn't it of general
> to be aware of the trademark situation of a project ? That can have impact
> if other people will be willing to participate and the risks they take into
> doing so.
> > It is relatively common for open source projects to be renamed due to TM
> > conflict.
> Yes I know. But that would be good if that can be avoided, or at least
> Spatialys - Geospatial professional services
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