Subject: open source: the name
From: "Adam J. Richter" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 00:31:04 -0800

	Question for the "Open Source" folks: have  you consulted
your legal counsel yet?

	I will be quite surprised if they are able to get a trademark on
that particular name in the United States, nevermind the rest of the world,
nevermind defending it (which I understand you must do more than with
copyrights in order to maintain the rights).  I would think that "freed
software" would stand a better chance, but, then again, I would be
more concerned with the definition associated with that term.

	Don't take this the wrong way.  As long as "Open Source"
is not as a replacement for the term "Free Software" indiscriminantly,
I would be happy to see it gain popular usage.

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