The only worthwhile logo-related comments so far....

Anthony Atkielski atkielski.anthony at
Sun Feb 13 14:06:56 PST 2005

Chris Zumbrunn writes:

> ...with the capitalized but smaller letters be protected by that
> trademark?

Word trademarks in the U.S. are independent of capitalization.

It is worth noting that the FREEBSD trademark applies only to
collections of computer programs on CD-ROMs. No mention is made of
operating systems or of the computer programs themselves separate from
the CD-ROMs. This may be a critical oversight. The trademark for Linux
clearly states that it designates a computer operating system.

Put more simply, what this means is that the name FREEBSD to designate a
computer operating system has not been registered as a trademark (in the

Perhaps nobody has ever bothered to look it up.


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