Use of "open source" in website name
cowan at ccil.org
Thu Jun 12 16:38:56 UTC 2008
> A web developer I know wants to register an available domain
> "www.opensourcesomething.com", this site has nothing to do with
> software but the site is a commercial, for profit venture.
> I've indicated that I thought it might be inappropriate to use the name.
Nobody *owns* the term "open source", so there is no legal issue.
Ethically, nobody should use it in a way that could reasonably be confused
with the software term. There are already such uses: in intelligence
work, an "open source" is a source of information that anyone can obtain,
like a newspaper.
> Is this a questionable use of the term "open source" ?
Without knowing what is meant by it, nobody can say.
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