[CentOS-devel] Re: Using CentOS trademarks/artwork etc.

Fri Aug 3 17:49:47 UTC 2007
Axel Thimm <Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net>

On Fri, Aug 03, 2007 at 11:40:49AM -0600, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
> On 8/3/07, Daniel de Kok <danieldk at pobox.com> wrote:
> > On Fri, 2007-08-03 at 07:57 -0400, Jim Perrin wrote:
> > > On 8/3/07, Johnny Hughes <johnny at centos.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Being that we (ATRPMS/CentOS) are working together on some projects
> > > > already and if you are interested in doing this MythCentOS project under
> > > > the CentOS umbrella, then we can discuss this among the Core CentOS
> > > > group ... but I think we would agree to allow a MythCentOS to exist and
> > > > use the CentOS name.
> > >
> > > Gets my vote.
> >
> > If Axel is interested, I agree that it would be nice to look if that can
> > be worked out.
> >
> Well I think Axel's question though does cover some other issues though.
> What are the CentOS trademark guidelines? Currently there do not seem
> to be any listed on the website. There do not seem to be any in the
> included product, and there does not seem to be a registered
> trademark. I know this gets into the murky area of law, ip etc.. but
> it does come up and people's assumptions that they can use it for
> anything they want because it is not OBVIOUSLY registered, protected,
> or guidelined..

I think CentOS should register the trademark in the countries this is
most important (US + EU?) and offer a review dependent usage: If a
derived product/project like mythcentos or maybe centosfirewall,
etc. wants to make use of trademarks/artwork it should offer the final
product for a check by centos-devel and get the blessing. I wouldn't
suggest any blanket approvals though, CentOS should always have the
final say to check whether this step would potentially harm the brand
instead of strengthening it.
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
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