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NewsForge: OpenSSH: Let the community decide trademark fight

Feb 14, 2001, 22:14 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"Theo de Raadt, co-creator of OpenSSH, says he hopes the community, not the courts, will decide a trademark skirmish in which SSH Communications Security Corp. is demanding that the project stop using the name it's been using since 1995."

"Tatu Ylönen, chairman and CTO of SSH Communications Security, sent a letter to the OpenSSH developers list Feb. 14 demanding OpenSSH stop using the SSH part of its name. In that letter, published on Slashdot, he wrote, "I developed SSH (Secure Shell), started using the name for it, established a company using the name, all of our products are marketed using the SSH brand, and we have created a fairly widely known global brand using the name. Unauthorized use of the SSH mark by the OpenSSH group is threatening to destroy everything I have built on it during the last several years."

"But de Raadt points to a licensing agreement that allowed independent versions of SSH before Ylönen received a trademark in 1996, and he wonders why Ylönen has taken five years to decide to enforce the trademark."

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