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Re: GNU Classpath

From: John Hasler
Subject: Re: GNU Classpath
Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 10:27:26 -0500
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jphamlore writes:
> The GNU Classpath website
> is full of violations
> of the published guidelines for use of Sun trademarks: ...

I see nothing on that site violates trademark law.

> The trademarks should never be used as nouns or in possessives, but GNU
> Classpath's web site does that all over the place.

Sun's suggestions are not law and a trademark is not a copyright.  Sun does
not own the word Java (or the word Sun, for that matter).

> The GNU Classpath project takes great care in establishing that
> developers are clean with respect to not having read the implementation's
> source code--but should developers also be clean from having read the API
> specification?

They don't need to be.  Copyright does not protect the API: only Sun's
specific expression of it.

> The API's license file specifically says that nothing other than internal
> usage of the specification is allowed except for complete implementations
> that pass the required conformance tests.

So?  They are using it internally to develop their implementation.  They
are not distributing the document or any derivative of it.
John Hasler
Dancing Horse Hill
Elmwood, WI USA

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