markster at digium.com
Tue Apr 10 11:35:51 EDT 2007
The purpose of getting the trademark is to protect its meaning. Just as
licensing software under GPL requires the use of copyright law, doing the
Right Thing(tm) (pun intended) with trademarks actually requires you to
have the trademark to protect. In other words, I strongly recommend using
(tm) and eventually applying for the registered mark, in order that the
pidgin community have the ability to make sure the trademark is not
On Tue, 10 Apr 2007, Travis Harris wrote:
> My question is... does trademarking really reflect the spirit of the Pidgin
> community? Aren't any of us upset that AOL abused their trademark? I guess
> before Pidgin goes that way everyone should have a good look at the license
> that would be used.
> I'm all for protecting us from getting hit again, but I think the
> restriction of use (especially in relation to this application and any
> branches that others may create) is really against the open source culture.
> (thinking redhat here)
> God Bless (Psalms
> Travis Harris
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> On 4/9/07, Mark Spencer <markster at digium.com> wrote:
>> You can start using (TM) even before you have a registered mark. THe (R)
>> comes later.
>> On Sun, 8 Apr 2007, Sean Egan wrote:
>> > On 4/8/07, Richard Laager <rlaager at wiktel.com> wrote:
>> >> On Sun, 2007-04-08 at 18:17 -0700, Sean Egan wrote:
>> >>> Also, we may now start using in
>> >>> conjunction with the word Pidgin as a precursor to registering a
>> >>> trademark, if we decide to do that. Thoughts?
>> >> I'd like to avoid the stupid unless it's necessary from a legal
>> >> perspective. I think we should register Pidgin as a trademark, unless
>> >> the fees are really excessive.
>> > They are not excessive ($200-300, I think), but you are not allowed to
>> > register a trademark until you're actually using the mark in trade,
>> > which we're not yet doing. This is something we can only do after a
>> > release. a is certainly not necessary, but would be a good way to
>> > assert our interest in protecting this mark until we're able to
>> > legally register it.
>> > -s.
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