CDROM-Artwork (5)

Peer Schaefer peer.schaefer at
Tue Oct 10 12:42:26 PDT 2006

Hi Remko,

no, you are not nagging ;-) Feedback is always welcome, and thanks for 
pointing at this important issue.

I don't agree with you fully, since I didn't USE the trademarks; I only 
REFERRED to them. USING them would require a license; REFERRING to them 
is free (disturbingly, REFERRING to a trademark -- in contrast of USING 
it -- is called "fair use" in anglo-american law, which is pretty silly 
since it is no "use"). If you REFER to a trademark you may spell it 
differently (e.g. "Unix" in stead of "UNIX"), as long as you don't 
degrade or disparage it. Even using the funny symbols (R) and (TM) is 
not mandatory, as long as the context makes clear that you don't claim 
the trademark to be your own or to be free.

But -- and now comes the important part -- we do use the (R) symbol for 
"FreeBSD" itself. Not using it for the other trademarks in this context 
might be misunderstood in claiming that they are free. THAT could bring 
us into heavy trouble, so I think it's a good idea to place a (R) resp. 
(TM) beneath the respecitve name. If we do THAT we should spell the 
trademarks correctly, because with (R) resp. (TM) we indicate that the 
actually used term is legally protected; and THIS is only right for the 
correctly spelled trademark.

So, in the end, if nobody as another advice, I will modify the 
processor-architecture trademarks to the "correct" spelling and add a 
(R) resp. (TM). The aesthetic result doesn't make me happy, but Remko is 
right I fear.

Best regards,

BTW: what about the FreeBSD website? Is there a specific "trademark 
policy"? (not about "FreeBSD"[TM] itself but about the cited trademarks?)

> Hello Peer,
> You are doing a great job, so first of all a big thank you.
> I read/looked at the images and they are great, but ofcourse i am the
> nagging user :) and wanted to say, please look at the trademarks etc
> for AMD64 for example, i think it is written uppercase and it might use
> a AMD64[tm] or something from the AMD company.  It could give you a lot
> of problems if there are registered trademarks and you do not use them
> (which is sad, but reality :( ).
> Apart from that: GREAT keep it up!

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