OSI enforcement? (Was Re: Microsoft use of the term "Open Source")

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Sun Jan 6 08:10:01 UTC 2008

Quoting Philippe Verdy (verdy_p at wanadoo.fr):

> Anyway, the subject is already so hot and well known in lots of
> countries that I have doubt that any country will ever accept now the
> registration of "open source" as a trademark, due to the huge history
> of prior use (or prior art)....

These would be obstacles to patents, not trademarks.

> ...and really a lot of groups and companies throughout the world that are
> monitoring any attempt by anyone to register it for its exclusive use.

And, I will reiterate yet again -- as I did when Philippe was attempting
this same chain of reasoning last year, that trademarks _never_ convey
any right to exclusive use.

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