Name Change silliness
samuel at bcgreen.com
Wed Apr 25 17:47:05 EDT 2007
Let me make sure I have this straight:
GAIM originally had a name that used 'AOL Instant Messenger", and that
So after talking to AOL, the group changed their name to GAIM.
Then -- some years AFTER the GAIM name was chosen at the request (and
with the (at least implicit) *blessing*) of AOL, AOL changed the name
of their Instant Message client to something very close to the
(already existing) GAIM, and then complained that the name which
*they* were mimicing infringed on their new trademark.
So the group was forced to roll over a second time.
Now, what happens if AOL decides to rename their client "Pidgeon"?
(Personally, I would have preferred renaming GAIM to GnIM (Gnu
>From a "kick them in the nuts and run" attitude, I would have
publicized this history and threatened to castrate their trademark if
they insisted on threatening GAIM developers.
What was the lawyers' rationalle for keeping the negotiations secret?
Stephen Samuel http://www.bcgreen.com
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