new OSD rule proposal: no trademarked names

Andy Tai lichengtai at
Thu Mar 10 04:15:07 UTC 2005

This may not work.  Existing good license names
include trademarks or entitty names, like "B"SD, "GNU"
GPL, Apache licenses, etc. Disallowing names may lead
to worse problems, like everyone calling their license
"Open software license", "free software license", etc.
 It may be better to have these trademark or
corporation names rather than misleading generic

--- Brian Behlendorf <brian at> wrote:
> Here's a proposed new rule that might lead to fewer
> licenses while 
> being much easier to evaluate objectively than the
> other proposed 
> additions:
> "The name of the license may not include a the name
> of an individual, 
> corporation, or other trademark."

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