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Re: RFC: Subversion trademark policy

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2007-06-28 23:56:20 CEST

I've committed more changes to the trademark policy, based on
everyone's feedback. The latest version is here:

   http://subversion.org/legal/trademark-policy.html

It's loose about uses of "SVN" and strict about "Subversion", as we
discussed.

For the moment, please ignore the question of which marks we actually
have registered, since some of those are still in process. We can
easily update the policy to require "(TM)" instead of "(R)", or make
whatever other adjustments are needed, when the time comes.

So, are we ready to make it official? I don't know of any concerns
left unaddressed now.

As Mike Pilato pointed out, there are only two external projects using
the full word "Subversion" in their names:

   "CW Subversion" (which could be renamed "CWSVN -- Subversion(R)
                    integrationfor Code Warrior(R))

   "SubversionSharp" (which could be renamed "SVNSharp")

We could ask them to rename. If they don't, and we don't force the
issue, we could just grandfather them in, and make sure to put a
prominent note to that effect next to their names on links.html, and
mention them explicitly in an addendum to the policy. (Or maybe there
are other solutions; point is, the existence of those two projects
needn't be a factor here.)

-Karl

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