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The Term Hackathon Has Been Trademarked In Germany. Now Crawl Back Under That Rock, Please.

Trademarking somebody else’s idea is behind their back is both a bad idea and highly immoral. If it wasn’t your idea, you don’t trademark and you don’t patent. It really is that simple, people.

The news that the term hackathon had been trademarked in Germany reached me late last week, via this thread on openbsd-misc. The ideas sounded pretty ludicrous …