Legal soundness comes to open source distribution

John Cowan jcowan at
Wed Aug 14 16:38:17 UTC 2002

Lawrence E. Rosen scripsit:

> That's another reason why I don't like Rick Moen's suggestion
> that OSI merely apply the "rule of reason" to its license approval
> process.  I have informed the OSI board that, under trademark law, they
> cannot be arbitrary and capricious and still retain ownership of the
> certification mark.

Surely the whole point of a rule of reason is to have a middle ground
between "arbitrary and capricious" and mechanical jurisprudence?

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