[CentOS] Question about trademarks

Mon Mar 10 20:29:34 UTC 2014
Digimer <lists at alteeve.ca>

On 10/03/14 04:15 PM, Always Learning wrote:
> On Mon, 2014-03-10 at 14:28 +0000, David G.Miller wrote:
>> So, while CentAP or some of the other suggestions may not infringe on
>> CentOS, you could still get a C&D from a Red Hat lawyer telling you not to
>> use CentAP.  Unless you can afford a really good trademark lawyer to fight
>> the C&D, you'll have to discontinue use of CentAP (or whatever).
> USA patent law has differences from EU patent law.
> I'm not a lawyer either. Once defence is whether RH effectively "stole"
> the Centos brand name or colluded to pay money to persons whose property
> it wasn't to transfer the brand name from general community ownership,
> or offer no opposition to RH registering a brand name which was the de
> facto property of a large international community.
> If RH agreement eventually went "bad" could the Centos community get
> their brand name back from RH ?  Think not.

These types of posts offer nothing productive. No one stole anything. 
The community that created the brand entered into a deal with a company 
willingly. If you want to debate the wisdom of that, fine. Please leave 
the melodrama out of it though.

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