Video Reivew: Trademarks & Open Source
Who: Karen Sandler
What: A Hour Talk at All Things Open 2014
Where: On the Internet
When: Oct. 22, 2014
The Gist: Ms. Sandler explains how trademarks can be used in the FOSS community to protect a community around an open project and keep it from harm by proprietary copies.
- Great Real World Explanation of Trademarks
- Learned the differences between using the little R in a circle and TM
- Explains why to freely license a logo
- Hard to understand when a trademark is too generic
- "Analysis may be different under different conditions" seems to mean always get legal consul
- organizations using trademarks to quiet a FOSS project
- When is a trademark too generic to be useful?
- Why trademark just a logo and not a logo and name?
- Are caese and desist letters use in issues with trademarks? Or is another document written that is different?
Review: This is a great talk to see how trademarks fit into an Open Source projects and could be as important as the FOSS license the project uses. Worth watching for anyone working on a FOSS project.
tl;dr: A gargantun glob of grey poupon on Mr. Tuxedo's crotch