In a welcome gesture on October 16, Dr. Richard Stallman made a public note supporting the Swedish Pirate Party’s position regarding trademarks, patent monopolies, and copyright monopolies.Read more »
The purpose of this post is to inform the Nagios Community of serious Nagios trademark violations by a German company by the name of NETWAYS, and its managing director -- Julian Hein.Read more »
Trademarks and free software can make a volatile mix. It is understandable that a project would want to ensure that code shipping under its name is "the real McCoy", but modifying the source and distributing the result is a hallmark of free software.Read more »
« Often, apologists for things like trade secrets, patent and copyright law, or the corporate media oligarchy itself, claim such structures are ‘understandable’, because ‘why help potential competitors?” It’s — supposedly — taken as axiomatic that those within a given field of endeavor inevitably regard all others in that field as adversaries … in other words, zero-sum thinking.Read more »
"We wish to change global legislation to facilitate the emerging information society, which is characterised by diversity and openness. We do this by requiring an increased level of respect for the citizens and their right to privacy, as well as reforms to copyright and patent law.Read more »
When Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference went on sale in January, I created a Web site to redistribute the free edition and act as a central information source for the book. And because the book was about Ubuntu, I made ample mention of the word "Ubuntu" and also used the familiar three-part circle logo.Read more »
"In recent weeks, a couple New World Notes posts inspired an interesting e-mail conversation with a very interesting figure: Richard Stallman, founder of the free software movement, and the original author of the General Public License, which the Second Life viewer code (like much software) is licensed under..."Read more »
Latest on the RIAA front: Using a French SPPF lawsuit to take the domain name, an industry authorized and 'liaised' iMesh subsidiary has rebranded their 'legal' paid P2P/spyware under false pretenses with Shareaza's copyrighted material, wrongly registered for Shareaza's trademark, and threatened it's volunteers for opposing.Read more »
" It has become fashionable to toss copyright, patents, and trademarks—three separate and different entities involving three separate and different sets of laws—into one pot and call it “intellectual property”. The distorting and confusing term did not arise by accident. Companies that gain from the confusion promoted it.Read more »
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds and is administered by the Linux Mark Institute (www.linuxmark.org). The LMI will grant sub-licenses of the Linux trademark to businesses and groups that want to use the word Linux in their product.Read more »
Orange has repackaged some of its services for telecommuting workers into a portfolio called "Open Office"... let's add to the confusion. So that's three Open Offices now.Read more »
"Our current license is not OSI-approved, nor have we ever claimed it is. But it is open source."
Now, this is the same species of weasel wording as "undocumented immigrant." Putting it this way makes it sound like the license is fine, but just happens not to have been approved by those bearded elitists at OSI.
The logo to the right is a lie. The term “open source,” by itself, is not the trademarked property of the Open Source Initiative or anyone else.Read more »