OpenMoko as a trademark
clheiny at starband.net
Mon Feb 12 18:27:24 CET 2007
On Monday 12 February 2007 08:18, picked up the following transmission
from Joe Pfeiffer:
> ROB writes:
> >Just for the record, as a 'member of the community' or whatever, I
> >don't like this.
> Speaking as the designer of the Mopar Mailing List logo (which
> incorporates the old Chrysler Motors Corporation "Pentastar"
> trademark with Chrysler's permission),
Well THAT explains why your name and writing style look so familiar.
> I don't mind it a bit. One
> way corporations have destroyed an incredible amount of good-will in
> the past has been by trying to retain a too-tight control over their
> trademarks (Paramount's actions regarding Star Trek sites comes to
> mind, and shutting down various fan activities that infringe.
> Letting members of a community use the trademark on a t-shirt is a
> really cheap (in fact, free) way to keep the community on your side.
> I expect they'll be much, much tighter about Openmoko-branded
> peripherals and USB sticks!
You raise a good point, somewhat peripherally - that FIC's permission
should be obtained for the shirt. I expect that FIC would be fairly
liberal about that.
The reason for this being so that when Microsoft introduces Windows
OpenMoco Edition, they can be property cease&desisted.
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