Questions for legal about updating trademark guidelines
a.badger at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 05:53:14 UTC 2011
At today's Board Meeting there was discussion of Fedora's trademark policy
and how it applies to various products that are produced by Fedora
Contributors and third parties. Some of the perceptions from the meeting
(note, this is *not* a complete list of perceptions. It may be one-sided.
If other attendees of the meeting wish to add to this, they sho9uld speak
up. If non-attendees to the meeting wish to add to this they should also
* The trademark policy allows third parties to create Fedora Images that
consist solely of software in Fedora for use in cloud hosted providers
without explicitly asking for permission to use the trademark.
* This is a good thing as pushing for explicit licensing would simply poison
our own well. ie: we want people to be able to install Fedora on their
cloud hosts. If we make the cloud providers go through the same rigorous
approval process that we demand of "official" Fedora images, we'd quickly
* The process for Fedora Contributors to be approved to use the trademark
for their spins is quite a bit more onerous than this. It's a quite hefty
review by several different groups within Fedora whose criteria for
judging are not written down.
* Various people have ideas of how we can change the trademark guidelines
but We don't know what is needed in order to "defend the trademark" from
a legal standpoint so we can't actually approve any of those changes.
So we're soliciting input here for questions that we need to pose to Legal
in order to compose a new policy and input on what changes we'd like to make
to the policy we have.
One proposal from the meeting that we'll need to find out if Legal would
"if the image consists solely of software from Fedora it can use the Fedora
marks without explicit review and approval from the Board" and the Board
would forgo explicit review of images in those cases. (images == spins/AMI
Ideas from this thread will be discussede by the Board at their next meeting
and then forwarded to Legal.
Board members are highly encouraged to put forth any of their ideas in this
thread so that the public has the opportunity to see the discussion and
comment but, as is the case whenever the Board has a phone meeting, ideas
may be presented at the meeting that have not previously been discussed on
this list and those may go on to the next stage of review by legal without
prior comment by the public.
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