Subject: RE: APL license - What about the enforced logos?
From: Russ Nelson <nelson@crynwr.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006 16:57:59 -0500

Lawrence Rosen writes:
 > > Uhhhhh, I'd like to correct this misrepresentation of history.  We
 > > tried to protect it as a trademark, however it is too descriptive.  In
 > > order to gain a trademark on something so descriptive, you need an
 > > expensive legal staff.  We don't have that, and so, no trademark for
 > > "Open Source".
 > 
 > Uhhhhh, I'd like to correct that. In order to gain a trademark on something
 > so descriptive, you need a change in the law. :-)

Let me defenstrate that idea:  "Windows" is about as descriptive a
term for a bunch of windows as one can think of.  Yet Microsoft has
managed to gain a strong trademark for a word which was used
generically to describe a rectangular pile of bits on a screen.

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