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Re: Linux trademark and PostgreSQL

From: Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>
To: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Cc: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>,Lance Obermeyer <LObermey(at)pervasive(dot)com>,"Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>,Robert Bernier <robert(dot)bernier5(at)sympatico(dot)ca>
Subject: Re: Linux trademark and PostgreSQL
Date: 2005-08-19 21:29:35
Message-ID: 200508191429.35606.josh@agliodbs.com (view raw or flat)
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Marc,

> At this time, there is no Foundation being formed *other then* the
> Advcacy Foundation, which, as was agreed to when it was formed, has
> ownership over neither the code, or the trademark ...
>
> If, at some time in the future, we do create such a Foundation though,
> then we can discuss transferring the trademark over ...

Well, that's going to be sooner rather than later.   As noted on the 
foundation list, we're still stalled with the IRS, so it may make sense to 
re-form the foundation.   At that time, it's likely to be a different sort 
of structure.

However, I need to get the political process moving first, as well as 
better legal counsel.   Fortunately, the latter is now just a matter of my 
meeting with few attorneys and picking one; we have offers.

> As I have discussed with Josh Berkus in the recent past, and we have
> discussed on -core several times, we have no problems with coming up
> with a more formal "Grant of Use" then what exists right now (right now,
> its just always been a "verbal thing") ... but I hadn't heard anything
> further from Josh about it, so assumed he was working on stuff as
> concerns that already ...

Either a transfer or a sublicense would work.   I don't that that the 
decision between the two needs to be made now.

-- 
--Josh

Josh Berkus
Aglio Database Solutions
San Francisco

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