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Re: Guix trademarked by Express Logic

From: ng0
Subject: Re: Guix trademarked by Express Logic
Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2019 21:33:35 +0000

Jelle Licht transcribed 1.9K bytes:
> mikadoZero <address@hidden> writes:
> > I have search guix-devel for this and did not find it.  I would like to
> > [ snip ] 
> Thanks for looking into this.
> > # Proactive name change
> >
> > Looking at the pug thread above shows that it would have been nice if
> > Jade had not been forced to change their name so quickly and could have
> > engaged it's community further on ideas for a new name.
> >
> > This raises the idea that proactively changing Guix's name might be
> > better than reacting to a forced name change.  A benefit to a proactive
> > name change is being able to chose the timing.  So for example the name
> > change could be planned to coincide with the 1.0 release which I have
> > heard is approaching.  Similar to a butterfly emerging from a
> > chrysalis.  Maybe there is a opportunity here and this could be turned
> > into a nice announcement.
> I humbly disagree with proactively doing anything of the sorts; first of
> all, there are two separate issues (as you mentioned):
> - Are we allowed to call Guix Guix?
> - Do we want to call Guix Guix?
> As such, I think it is premature to proactively change something which
> *might* not even be a (legal) problem at all, let alone something
> desired by the community. I *do* agree that these questions should
> probably be answered before 1.0 comes around.
> > [ snip ]
> > # Contacting Express Logic
> >
> > Also it might be good to reach out to Express Logic as they may not
> > actually have any problem with the Guix free software project using the
> > name they have trademarked.
> I really think that "software" is much too broad a category to consider
> for a trademark clash in this case. From what I can see, there is barely
> any overlap between our Guix and the GUIX product that Express Logic is
> working on. This might just be my vocational bias in action as a
> software engineer though, and of course; I Am Not A Lawyer.

The other Guix keeps coming up over the years.
I don't think we have to do anyting because it's 2 separate fields
of software.
No problem unless one of the Guix starts making it one.
> >
> > # Summary
> >
> > I am not recommending any specific course of action.  I just want to
> > start a discussion.
> Point taken :-).

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