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Re: Pervasive PostgreSQL Announcement

From: "Timothy D(dot) Witham" <wookie(at)osdl(dot)org>
To: josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com
Cc: pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org,Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>,Lance Obermeyer <LObermey(at)pervasive(dot)com>,Robert Bernier <robert(dot)bernier5(at)sympatico(dot)ca>
Subject: Re: Pervasive PostgreSQL Announcement
Date: 2005-01-13 17:31:04
Message-ID: 1105637464.6347.86.camel@wookie-zd7 (view raw, whole thread or download thread mbox)
Lists: pgsql-advocacy
On Tue, 2005-01-11 at 10:14 -0800, Josh Berkus wrote:
> Bruce,
> > In fact we registered PostgreSQL only to prevent someone else from
> > registering it and blocking the community from using it.  We want others
> > to use it for their products so if our registering it prevented you from
> > using it, that is a shame and is not what we intended, in fact the
> > opposite.  We registered it so you would be safe to use it.
> >
> > Can someone explain how this is to be handled?  I don't think the
> > trademark laws really encourage someone to trademark something so others
> > can use it and we should figure out a plan.
> Well, one obvious possibility is, once we get the Foundation approved by the 
> IRS, to transfer ownership of the trademark to the Foundation.   Then the 
> Foundation can offer the trademark under a public license that explicitly 
> gives permission to anyone to use it who is "using it properly", that is for 
> a distribution of the PostgreSQL code.

    Well you need to talk to a lawyer but Linux handles it this way.
Now saying that it has been a little lax in the last few years but
it is getting tighter.

   There is a legal expense in maintaining the trademark and there
is value in the trademark to people who want to associate with
the group.  (Like Pervasive) So a small fee for using the
trademark usually isn't an issue as it is the normal quid pro
quo method of business and the lawyers feel better about
it. :-)


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