Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Trademarking Linux: Some Pay License Fee, Some Don't

InternetNews.com: "Red Hat (Quote, Chart), the number one Linux distributor, said it does not. Novell (Quote, Chart), the number two Linux distro, said it does.
Five years after Linus Torvalds and his supporters began to take steps to protect the Linux trademark, the issue has arisen again.
Attorney Jeremy Malcolm has already contacted 90 Australian companies on behalf of Linus Torvalds in order to get them to obtain a license to use the Linux trademark. The letters have brought the issue to the forefront of the open source collective consciousness, yet again.
'You may or may not be aware that it is your legal responsibility to obtain a license from the Linux Mark Institute before you are allowed to use the word 'Linux' as part of your product or service name or brand,' the letter states. "

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