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

From: Michael Sweet <mike_at_easysw.com>
Date: 2004-05-07 02:59:57 CEST

kfogel@collab.net wrote:
> 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
> English.

Google isn't a dictionary, and web pages are not an authoritative
source for correct spelling...

> ...
> 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.)

Perhaps, but would you rather wait for the lawyers to come-a-knockin'
if the X/Open Group decides to enforce their trademark (which they
have to do by law in order to maintain that trademark) or just use
the correct capitalization in the first place since 1) all use of
the term UNIX in the book *does* refer to that operating system,
and 2) the X/Open Group owns the trademark for UNIX.

I am not a lawyer, either, but since I've been running my own
software business for 10 years and *have* had legal advice from
a lawyer on this very topic, and in this particular case using
Unix or Unices instead of UNIX could constitute trademark
dilution and the trademark owner risks losing the trademark if
they do not enforce their trademark rights.

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products           mike at easysw dot com
Printing Software for UNIX                       http://www.easysw.com
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