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Re: Reminder: Do not use trademarks in Summary or Description

On Fri, Jan 30, 2009 at 11:42:13AM -0500, Tom spot Callaway wrote:
> On 2009-01-30 at 11:05:44 -0500, Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de> wrote:
> > Then let me ask differently:
> > RH prefers _us_ to refer to Microsoft instead of Microsoft(TM), rsp. to
> > Red Hat instead of Red Hat(TM), rsp. to Fedora instead of Fedora (TM) in
> > documents, packages, etc?
> This guideline only applies to package Summaries and Descriptions.
> However, the answer to your question is yes. Specifically, unless we
> (Fedora/Red Hat) have entered into a license that may require that
> we mark a trademark, we should not do so. We should use the
> trademark properly, all capital letters or at least initial cap,
> plus as an adjective, not a noun, but not designate with any
> symbol. The symbols have legal ramifications, so having it wrong may
> cause more trouble than not doing it at all,
> > This collides with any common practice I've seen so far.
> > 
> > Documents referring to trademarked items typically either use ...
> > "Windows(TM)" or "Windows" accompanied with a footnote disclaimer
> > "Windows is a trademark of Microsoft ...".
> > 
> >> The general rule (as a result of US Supreme Court decisions) is that no
> >> more of the trademark should be used than necessary for the legitimate
> >> purpose, and that confusion should be avoided whenever possible.
> > 
> > OK, I maintain a package originating from SGI(TM) called Inventor(TM)
> > (a trademark of SGI)? What to do about it?
> > 
> > To me, acknowledging their trademarks in Fedora(TM) is fair use.
> If you wish to add "SGI and Inventor are trademarks of SGI" to the
> description, you can do so.
> However, you should drop the (TM)s.

Hi Spot,

Would you say we should treat trademarked terms similarly in Fedora
documentation?  If so, I'll note that in the Style Guide for future


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