Trademark license agreement status

Dimitris Glezos dimitris at
Tue Sep 8 17:41:36 UTC 2009

On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 8:22 PM, Jeff Spaleta<jspaleta at> wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 8:49 AM, Robert 'Bob' Jensen<bob at> wrote:
>> I have been attacked, called names and so on in private because I refuse to sign the original document, as a result I have reacted from a personal point of view.
> [...]
> I understand that you don't like having the TLA exist at all.  I get
> it.  I think we can all agree that legal issues blow monkey chunks.
> Legal issues which intersect community interests...even more so.     I
> really wish there was a pre-existing copyleft approach to trademark
> that still allowed the trademark to be enforcible for a license. But
> I'm not aware of such a construction.   As it stands right now we have
> to make a choice with regard to keeping the trademark in an
> enforceable state.  I think Glezos summed up the underlying issue. Is
> protecting the trademark long term worth the intangible short term
> cost?  Its a very difficult question.  We seemed to have survived the
> introduction of the CLA for contributors even though there was heat
> when it was introduced.

It seems kinda complex to discuss complex issues over the net. This is
even worse if some things are either already in stone, or kinda

We're doing all these awesome conferences and activity days every now
and then. Maybe we should schedule a few hours to discuss high-level
Board-like policy-"umph!" issues. So, besides of just running a "Where
are we and where are we going?" session, we'll also allow the board to
answer tough questions from the community (eg. through something like
[1]). I'd settle for a Board Summit once every a couple of years.



Dimitris Glezos

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