[Ilugc] Is the proprietary camp winning ?
Chakkaradeep C C
chaks.yoper at gmail.com
Thu Oct 12 18:15:16 IST 2006
> who has he demanded this license fee from?
>From Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_Mark_Institute>,
*The Linux Mark Institute (LMI) is an organization which administers the
"Linux" **trademark* <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trademark>* on behalf of
**Linus Torvalds* <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linus_Torvalds>* for
computer **software* <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software>* which includes
the **Linux kernel* <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux_kernel>*, computer
hardware utilizing Linux-based software, and for services associated with
the implementation and documentation of Linux-based products.*
*The Linux trademark is owned by Linus Torvalds in the U.S., Germany, the
European Community, and Japan. In the U.S., the mark is registered (U.S Reg.
No.: 1916230) for "Computer operating system software to facilitate computer
use and operation." The assignment of the trademark to Torvalds occurred
after an attorney, one William R. Della Croce, Jr, in
* began sending letters to various Linux distributors claiming to own the
Linux trademark and demanding royalties. The distributors rapidly pooled
resources, appealed against the original trademark assignment and had it
reassigned to Linus Torvalds.*
And the Official Link - The Linux Mark Institute <http://www.linuxmark.org/>
Here is clear explanation from the site -
*Examples of Fair Use.
If you are a journalist interested in writing articles that include the term
"Linux," you do not need a sublicense.** If you are printing up pencils,
stenciling T-shirts, or distributing coffee cups with a legend on them like
"Linux(r)is the greatest!" or "Even my Mother uses Linux(r)!" this is normally
considered "fair use".
*Trademarks: Use Requiring A Sublicense.
On the other hand, if you plan to market a Linux - based product or service
to the public using a trademark that includes the element "Linux," such as
"Super Dooper Linux" or "Real Time Linux Consultants" you are required to
apply for and obtain a low-cost sublicense from LMI. This is true whether or
not you apply to register your trademark with a government.
Novatium Solutions Limited,Chennai.
"Sometimes it's better not to ask - or to listen - when people tell you
something can't be done. I didnt ask for permission or approval. I just went
ahead and did it." - from "Direct from Dell"
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