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Re: RFC: Subversion trademark policy

From: Malcolm Rowe <malcolm-svn-org_at_farside.org.uk>
Date: 2007-06-04 16:49:27 CEST

> I suggest we modify 2(c), and add a new clause 2(d):
>
> 2. You may use the Subversion Marks without prior written permission
> for the following purposes (subject to the other sections):
>
> c. To refer to the Subversion project itself, its products, or its
> protocols.
>

+1.

> d. As part of the name of a product designed to work with
> Subversion, so long as the name as a whole (via its other
> components) clearly and unambiguously distinguishes the product
> from Subversion itself, and the general presentation of the
> product does not imply any official association or identity with
> Subversion.
>

+1 for "SVN", -1 for "Subversion": People already expect FooSVN to be a
Subversion client, but there's no reason to extend "Subversion" to mean
anything other than a (possibly modified) Subversion client. But note
that we haven't made a trademark application for "SVN", as far as I'm
aware, despite the "Marks" section at the top of the document, so I'm
not sure why we need to be talking about it at all.

> Because it would be awkward to attach a trademark symbol to a
> portion of a larger name whose other portions might themselves
> be trademarked, the requirement to display the symbol is waived
> for this specific circumstance, but this waiver implies no
> relaxation of the Subversion Corporation's right to enforce its
> trademark in general (see section 4).
>

No comment on this - I don't know how combining a trademark with another
word works.

Regards,
Malcolm

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