Confusion of over Red Hat/Fedora trademarks

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Tue May 12 00:04:42 UTC 2009


On 05/12/2009 05:24 AM, Paul W. Frields wrote:
> On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 11:39:38PM +0530, Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>> Hi
>>
>> The original story writer seems well meaning but perhaps a bit confused
>> as he primarily writes about Ubuntu but also mentions Red Hat and
>> Fedora. A clarification might help. Anyone wants to step up?
> 
> The original story is here:
> http://www.pcworld.com/article/164633/trademarks_the_hidden_menace.html
> 
> There already seem to be a number of people poking at the large holes
> in this article, including the outside counsel for the OSI, Mark
> Radcliffe.  Do we really have much to add to the discussion?  If so,
> no problem, just note what you're interested in having clarified.

Specifically

" To be fair, at the time of the creation of the Enterprise distro, Red
Hat also created the Fedora project to encourage the creation of an
entirely unrestricted Linux distro. "

In the context of the article, he seems to assume that Fedora is not a
trademark. Otherwise that comparison doesn't make sense. Of course,
Fedora trademark guidelines are more liberal being a community project
as opposed to a commercial product. That warrants a response IMO.

Rahul




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