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The Inquirer: German Lawyer Demands Linus Torvalds Drop Linux Name

Apr 04, 2003, 14:30 (22 Talkback[s])

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[Editor's note: The Inquirer is running a translation/synopis of this story that hit the German newswires earlier this morning. A link to the original story (in German) provided. -BKP]

"A report in a German magazine said that a lawyer has asked Linus Torvalds to drop the use of the brand name Linux.

"The report, in c't magazine, said that Baron Gunther Freiherr von Gravenreuth has demanded that the brand name be dropped because under German laws trademarks expire in Germany.

"According to him, the trademark was registered in Germany on the 15th of February 1995, so the trademark is now out of date..."

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