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Re: [ANN] hgsubversion - patches wanted!

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 22:39:16 -0400

Augie Fackler <lists_at_durin42.com> writes:
>> Augie Fackler wrote on Tue, 30 Sep 2008 at 17:37 -0500:
>>>> http://www.bitbucket.org/durin42/hgsubversion/
>> Does our (Subversion's) trademark policy allow the name
>> "hgsubversion" in
>> this context?
> Ugh, I hate this kind of junk.
> If someone from the Subversion Corporation wants to weigh in, I'd
> appreciate it before I get too much further with documentation. I
> don't see any reason why there *should* be a problem with the name,
> given my desire is to work with both communities, not against either.

Oh, it has nothing to do with goodwill or intentions -- trademarks are
just about preventing identity confusion, that's all.

> I'll gladly rename the project if necessary. It seems like such a
> silly thing.

"hgsvn" would be better, yeah.

http://subversion.org/legal/trademark-policy.html is the document to
read on this. It's short, readable, and very clear on this question.

> (mumbling vexedly about intellectual property being exceedingly
> annoying right now)


I understand that this wasn't where you wanted to spend mental energy,
but trademarks -- that is, identities! -- are important. Without a
distinguishable identity, users can't be sure what they're getting.
Subversion got a trademark policy in response to actual situations in
which its identity was being diluted or mixed up.

Personally, I hate the term "intellectual property", because it confuses
identity protection (trademarks) with the totally unrelated activities
of restricting copying (copyrights) and restricting implementation
(patents). http://www.fsf.org/licensing/essays/not-ipr.xhtml is a great
article about this.


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Received on 2008-10-01 04:39:33 CEST

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