peer.schaefer at hamburg.de
Tue Oct 10 12:42:26 PDT 2006
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.
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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