[License-review] [curiosa] “Open Source Festival”

John Cowan cowan at mercury.ccil.org
Wed Jun 26 12:27:42 UTC 2013

Thorsten Glaser scripsit:

> a bit off-topic, but I was wondering what
> http://www.open-source-festival.de/en/ (and http://open-the-source.de/
> the “official blog”) have to do with Open Source… maybe OSI
> needs to go after them and ask them to cease using the name unless
> there’s some connection?

The phrase "open source" has several pre-existing meanings.  Notably, in
intelligence work it means a publicly available source of information,
like a newspaper.  Consequently, it is not a protected mark (unlike
"OSI Certified") and anyone can use it for anything.  When people who
are publishing software are misusing the phrase, we politely ask them
to stop, then publicly shame them.  But this case is not that case.

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