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Computerworld.NZ: Red Hat Clamps Down on Trademark Use

Jul 16, 2003, 17:30 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juha Saarinen)

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"Local vendors of Linux distributions have received requests from Red Hat to remove from their websites all trademarks, including names and meta tags, referring to the US company.

"However, the Red Hat distribution, which is under the GNU Public Licence (GPL), can still be copied. It just can't be called 'Red Hat Linux' or even any play on the name, such as 'Sombrero Rojo' or 'Green Hat Linux.'

"Philip Charles of Copyleft in Dunedin, which sells a number of Linux distributions, says he and other vendors 'have done a name change for [Red Hat Linux].' In Charles' case, it's been renamed to 'Ingoakore Linux,' Maori for 'No Name Linux...'"

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