Re: We need to take a stand on opensource now

From: Darren Benham <gecko(at)benham(dot)net>
To: Hartmut Koptein <Hartmut(dot)Koptein(at)t-online(dot)de>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <christoph(at)lameter(dot)com>, spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Re: We need to take a stand on opensource now
Date: 1999-09-13 15:58:29
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There were afew questions that the US Patent and Trademark office posed to
Bruce.. who gave them to ESR to answer, instead of SPI, the true holder of
the mark.. and ESR chose not to respond in the timelimit the gov't set so the
mark expired. After the mark expired, ESR posted a note on his opinion of
the mark being too general for trademarking...

On Mon, Sep 13, 1999 at 12:53:07PM +0200, Hartmut Koptein wrote:
> > There are widespread rumors that Microsoft is up to something with
> > OpenSource. And they are bound to screwing around with what it means. It
> > will be easy for them due to their market share.
> >
> > We need to take a public stand on what opensource means and is as soon as
> > possible. And these dirt wars between ESR and Bruce need to be over.
> >
> > We will get railroaded if we are not ready.
> What is the current status for "Open Source"? Rumors say we lost the (TM), because
> the term 'Open Source' is not individually enough.
> Is this true?
> Regards,
> Hartmut
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