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Re: Pervasive PostgreSQL Announcement

From: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
To: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>
Cc: Lance Obermeyer <LObermey(at)pervasive(dot)com>,Robert Treat <xzilla(at)users(dot)sourceforge(dot)net>,Simon Riggs <simon(at)2ndquadrant(dot)com>,Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>, josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Pervasive PostgreSQL Announcement
Date: 2005-01-11 18:33:06
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> I'm not even so much worried about Pervasive claiming a trademark on a name 
> that is generally considered some kind of "community property", whatever that 
> means.  What I'm puzzled about is that you are clearly aware that 
> "PostgreSQL" is a registered trademark, and that you try to sidestep that 
> problem by calling your product "Postgres".  Everyone who is even slightly 
> familiar with trademark regulations knows that that doesn't work.  At the 
> same time you are undermining our eternal effort to teach people the correct 
> name of our product.  So that leaves me to believe either (a) the legal 
> department of Pervasive is incompetent, or (b) the marketing department of 
> Pervasive is incompetent, or (c) you are trying to get away with something, 
> or (d) you are trying to lay claim on the name "PostgreSQL" through the 
> backdoor.  Please educate us.

Or perhaps, they are just protecting their collective business 
interests. I seriously doubt that Pervasive has any level of ulterior 
motive here. They are a business, they want to make money.

Sincerely,

Joshua D. Drake



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