new licensing model

Arnoud Engelfriet arnoud at
Sun Dec 18 20:36:35 UTC 2005

Andreas Jellinghaus wrote:
> "open source" is by design a trademark, as far as I know, and you may
> only use it if the trad mark holder gives you permission to do so.

Actually, there's no trademark (that I know of) on the phrase
"open source". The OSI holds a trademark on "OSI Certified".

In practice most people seem to use "open source" to refer only
to software under an OSI Certified license. And competing efforts
so far have always used different names: shared source, community
source, etcetera.


Arnoud Engelfriet, Dutch & European patent attorney - Speaking only for myself
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