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Re: [OT] Turtle

From: Mark Phippard <markp_at_softlanding.com>
Date: 2006-05-18 19:22:25 CEST

Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn@gmail.com> wrote on 05/18/2006 01:14:45 PM:

> BobF wrote:
> > Steve,
> >
> > This looks very good - better than I can do.
> >
> > Did anybody else see these items from the Turtle license?
> > ---------
> > 4. The name "Turtle" and "ThoughtWorks, Inc." must not be used to
> > or promote products derived from this software without prior written
> > permission. For written permission, please contact
> > opensource@thoughtworks.com.
> >
> > 5. Products derived from this software may not be called "Turtle" or
> > "ThoughtWorks", nor may "Turtle" or "ThoughtWorks" appear in their
> > name, without prior written permission of ThoughtWorks, Inc.
> > ----------
> I did. That's why I'm worried that they eventually start going after us.

> I'm not sure, but I think a trademark is only valid if you "defend" it,
> so they might have to defend it by having us change our project name
> (we're talking about lawyers here, not developers).

That is very standard language in a BSD or Apache-style license. They
just do not want someone to make a derivitive product that tries to
piggyback on their name. Especially since the license does not require
that source code changes be contributed back or even provided to the user.
 I do not see this as a sign that they would go after completely unrelated


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