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Re: [PATCH] Book fixes: typos, grammar, consistency

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-05-06 21:25:56 CEST

Michael Sweet <mike@easysw.com> writes:
> Um, I've looked through all of the on-line dictionaries I can find,
> and "unices" is not a valid English word.

A Google search turns up 65,600 hits. I presume some of those are

> My main beef is that spelling it "Unix" when you clearly are
> referring to the UNIX operating system potentially opens you up
> to legal action from the X/Open Group. My publisher (Pearson
> Education, which owns SAMS, The Waite Group Press, etc.) ended
> up listing the UNIX trademark in the inside front cover with an
> explanation that any occurrences of Unix were unintentional and
> they refer to the X/Open Group's UNIX trademark. They, for a long
> time, had been publishing it spelled "Unix" thinking that no one
> owned the trademark to it anymore...
> In casual communications, I frankly don't care how you spell it,
> but a book that will be published, both on-line and in print,
> should follow trademark usage laws. See:
> http://www.opengroup.org/legal.htm
> for The Open Group's trademark usage guidelines.

Trademark law is complex, and I am not a lawyer, but I do not believe
this is an accurate representation of the requirements of trademark
law in the United States. (Many times publishers or corporations are
especially conservative, in order to give any legal edge cases a wide
berth. Trying to deduce the law by observing practice can result in a
much stricter picture of the law than actually obtains in courts.)


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