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RFC: Subversion trademark policy

From: Karl Fogel <kfogel_at_red-bean.com>
Date: 2007-05-31 00:21:48 CEST

As Subversion grows more and more popular, the likelihood of people
using its name and logo in confusing ways (even accidentally) grows
too. There have already been a few instances of this happening,
though so far all easily correctable. But an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure, so we've written a draft trademark policy:


...and we welcome comments. It's as brief as we can make it; we're
trying to keep the policy simple and comprehensible.

A plea: while we really do welcome comments on the trademark policy,
please only comment with serious concerns, not with speculative
opinions or contrived legal edge cases. We'd like to finalize the
policy as soon as we can, which means keeping the discussion
efficient. You've all been around the Internet, you know what I'm
talking about :-) (else see http://green.bikeshed.com/). It may well
be that the current draft is sufficient, in which case we'll just take
off the "DRAFT" label and be done.

You might be wondering: who is "we"?

"We" is the Subversion Corporation (subversion.org), a very
lightweight non-profit whose members are all the Subversion full
committers. We've produced this trademark policy to protect the
public, by ensuring that Subversion's identity is not diluted or
confused by anyone else.

The Subversion Corporation got legal help from CollabNet (in setting
up the organization, and in registering the trademarks on our behalf),
and from the Software Freedom Law Center (see softwarefreedom.org).
Our thanks to them both.

-Karl Fogel

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