Subject: Re: For Approval: Microsoft Permissive License
From: Rick Moen <>
Date: Thu, 4 Oct 2007 00:58:49 -0700

Quoting Chris Zumbrunn (

> Putting a "Microsoft Public Licensed" sticker on the boxed version of  
> your open-source software would probably be pushing the envelope in  
> every country. 

Your hypothetical looks precisely like straightforward nominative use to
me -- which usage is specifically exempted from claims of trademark
infringement, in US law.  (Well, it's an affirmative defence, which is
to say it must be established in court by the defence, based on a
showing of facts.)