[MeeGo-dev] Trademark compliance, name usage, etc.
ibrahim at linux.com
Wed Oct 13 13:05:40 PDT 2010
Please accept my apologies for late reply. This is regarding your request to
Smeegol, an openSUSE release based on the netbook user interface that
came from the Meego(TM)* project.
* Meego is a trademark of the Linux Foundation.
In order to maintain the MeeGo mark, the Linux Foundation must consistently
control the use of any form of the word MeeGo and the related logos and
characters to avoid confusion.
Unfortunately, from a trademark law perspective, the proposed usage above is
absolutely not recommended, as such usage will weaken the MeeGo mark and
make it less enforceable.
It is not in the benefit of MeeGo project to use "Smeegol". We therefore can
not approve such usage of MeeGo mark in "Smeegol". We understand that you've
already announced it and we will be happy to work with you to come up with a
different name (for the good of the MeeGo project).
On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 2:42 PM, Andrew Wafaa <awafaa at opensuse.org> wrote:
> Firstly sorry if this is the wrong list to send this question to, please
> advise on the best one if it isn't here.
> I have been spending my time trying to get the MeeGo UX into reasonable
> shape on my preferred distro of choice - openSUSE. Now before I make
> any form of release/spin/$WHATEVER I would just like to get
> clarification on what I can/can't use.
> My understanding is that to use the word "MeeGo" in any direct naming is
> a no-no unless I pass compliance, of which part of that would mean
> taking on Connman and other parts of the MeeGo stack that just aren't in
> my preferred distro and to be honest, we wouldn't want them in there as
> we have a well tried & tested stack.
> So my simple question is, if I use the MeeGo UX can I say "$RELEASE is
> based on MeeGo's User eXperience, sitting ontop of $DISTRO.
> Complimenting the other Desktop Environments that are on offer, and
> offering some additional components (listing components).
> When things were Moblin, there was a clearly defined usage of UX. This
> seems to have disappeared under MeeGo so things aren't as simple as they
> used to be.
> Many thanks,
> Andrew Wafaa
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