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Groklaw: The Linux® Trademark--Tempest in a Teapot

Aug 17, 2005, 13:45 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pamela Jones)

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"I got email on this and I see mucho anguish on Slashdot. Why, oh why, some wonder, would lawyers be sending out letters in Australia, asking folks using the mark LINUX to formally license the mark? And *pay* for it? What is this? A violation of the spirit of openness? Doesn't the GPL mean you can do whatever you like with the name? Isn't Linus' policy that people can pretty much use the Linux name as long as they are decent about it?

"First, it's coming ultimately from Linus. There is a web site you can visit to verify that policing the mark has been given to the Linux Mark Institute by Linus, and the page is hosted by OSDL..."

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