APL license - What about the enforced logos?

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Wed Nov 29 21:10:44 UTC 2006

Russ Nelson wrote:
> We
> tried to protect it as a trademark, however it is too descriptive.  

So, in other words, you tried and failed to trademark it.

> Yes, we can.  We can point out to the misuser that they are going to
> confuse their customers.  "Open Source" is a well-understood term.

Of course you can point it out, but strongly worded letters only go so
far.  Also, I don't think "open source" is that well-understood after
all; many people probably couldn't distinguish it from shared source or

> Claiming to have an open source product when you don't will mislead
> your customers.  Customers don't like it when you lie to them.

No, customers don't like it when they *find out* you have lied to them.
 I think most people are unaware of the OSI's role, and would never
consider the license list a final arbiter (if they even know the
software's license).

Matt Flaschen

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