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"Owning" a Trademark--The SugarCRM et al License Debate

Jul 19, 2007, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

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"There is a discussion going on at SugarCRM's forum page, 'Why the Sugar license is mad, bad and may be dangerous'--part of a much larger discussion that Matt Aslett captures well in this article on the current state of such non-OSI-approved licenses--that reminded me that I've been meaning to explain something to you about trademarks. I keep reading sentences that OSI doesn't 'own' the trademark to Open Source. I think such a sentence should be written instead that it doesn't have a *registered* trademark, but here's the thing: you don't have to register a trademark to have one. I think it's important to understand that, so let me show you some materials I've collected for you on this subject..."

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