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Re: Use of Subversion name/logo.

From: Bruce Elrick <bruce_at_elrick.ca>
Date: 2005-02-01 17:39:43 CET

kfogel@collab.net wrote:

>CollabNet recently got an inquiry from someone regarding the use of
>the Subversion name and logo. Below is the response we sent. We'd
>like to run it by the dev@ list, in case anyone has comments.
>Now, before a million "I am not a lawyer, but..." reactions come in:
>Yes, we know about trademark law :-). The real issue here is not
>trademarks, but rather the bad publicity that would accrue to someone
>who misused the name or logo, because the community would jump all
>over them. So we tried to clarify to this fellow what is and isn't
>community-accepted behavior w.r.t. the name and logo.
>In other words, I'm not posting here to ask a legal question, but a
>social one: Do people think our response expressed the appropriate
Yes, it did express an appropriate sentiment. One small thing though.
What if they distribute a modified version of Subversion but also choose
to actively link to the Tigris site? Could they say something like
"Built on top of <link>" where the link is a Subversion logo? Or
imagine some verbage that makes it clear that the Subversion development
community is separate from them.

Or should they only use non-image links to Tigris if they develop a
modified Subversion?


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Received on Tue Feb 1 17:41:37 2005

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