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Pinguy OS developer files trademark complaint against Linux forum community, CupOfLinux.com

I am contacting Linux Today.com on behalf of Shawn Ryan “Spatry”. Recently, a previous forum community member “Pinguy” filed a trademark complaint against CupOfLinux.com against Pinguy OS videos that Spatry has done. “Pinguy” is Antoni Norman, the developer for Pinguy OS. Pinguy has been banned from our forum for misconduct on our Mumble Voice chat server, showing up drunk, and picking fights against our community members. In July 2012, Spatry did a “Zoo Crew” Linux podcast, having Pinguy as a guest, and also admitted showing up drunk during that podcast. Clearly this guy has a drinking problem.

Spatry produces videos on various Linux distributions (which did include Pinguy OS, prior to the trademark complaint) on his YouTube channel under the “Fair Use” scenario of U.S. Copyright Law. Spatry took down those videos and tutorials involving Pinguy OS as a result of this trademark dispute. We as a community at CupOfLinux.com view this as “Trademark Censorship”. Pinguy OS is licensed under the GPL, but this act of enragement clearly violates the GPL.

We need to let everyone in the Linux world know that Antoni Norman is violating the GPL license by using trademark claims to reserve rights to himself, which goes completely against the Free Software Foundation, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Free / Open Source software in general.

If you need more information, you can contact Shawn Ryan “Spatry” by email: [email protected]

Antoni Norman, the developer of Pinguy OS, can be reached by email: [email protected]

We have screenshots as proof of this trademark dispute, provided at this link: http://imgur.com/a/8QEFS

Thank you for your attention in this matter,
Theodore Thorpe, for Shawn Ryan “Spatry”.