[Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]

DShofi at atmi.com DShofi at atmi.com
Wed Dec 13 17:55:11 UTC 2006

On Tue, 12 Dec 2006, Larry M. Augustin wrote:
> I don't believe you need a license to the trademark Foo to say a piece 
> software is "Foo-based", "derived from Foo", or "based on Foo".  That's
> simply an expression of fact describing the origin of the code in the
> derivative work.  I believe you could require attribution of that form
> without granting a license to the trademark.

That's what led me to think the same thing about logos - the web has tons 
of little box logos, e.g. "get Firefox", "IE 5.0 only" (hah), "created by 
WordPress", etc., and no one's telling those holders their marks are at 

Just be mindful of the difference between the fair uses of textual 
trademarks referenced above in examples (by Larry) and the requirement of 
a license to use a logo.


David M. Shofi
Intellectual Property Counsel
ATMI, Inc. 
7 Commerce Drive
Danbury CT 06810
dshofi at atmi.com
Tel: (203) 207-9342
Fax: (203) 797-2544


This email message may contain information that is confidential and/or 
privileged and is intended only for use of the individual or entity named 
above.  If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or 
the employee or agent responsible to deliver it to the intended recipient, 
you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, or copying 
of this communication is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this 
communication in error, please notify sender immediately and destroy the 
original message.  Thank you.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.opensource.org/pipermail/license-discuss_lists.opensource.org/attachments/20061213/33f31958/attachment.html>

More information about the License-discuss mailing list