[License-review] Approval: OIN License (Open Innovation License) -- Trademark Issue

VM (Vicky) Brasseur osi-lists at vmbrasseur.com
Mon Dec 28 05:35:36 UTC 2020

The license was also submitted to SPDX for inclusion in its list. 
Earlier today the team changed the proposed license identifier to avoid 
potential confusion with Open Invention Network:


Perhaps the same is intended for the OSI submission but they haven't had 
the chance to say so yet?


Josh Berkus wrote on 27/12/20 21:27:
> Andrew, All:
> Aside from the required wording changes, the other major issue with this
> license is the short name of the license itself, which seems like a
> pretty clear trademark infringement in my non-lawyer eyes.
> The Open Invention Network is a longstanding organization in the world
> of Open Source, and has always gone by the acronym "OIN"
> (https://openinventionnetwork.com/)  Since this license is unaffiliated
> with that organization (unless I've missed something), even were it
> otherwise acceptable I'd request a change of license acronym before
> voting to approve it.
> "OIL" is the obvious choice, but that has its own issues ;-)

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