trademark protectin (was Re: Logo War: Red Hat Takes On DataPortability)

Tony Guntharp fusion94 at
Fri Feb 22 19:51:18 UTC 2008

Well Chris Saad (the quasi-leader) of DP is in SF until April 28th
(he's in from Australia) if anyone from Red Hat cares to meet up with
him. And I'm intimately familiar with the left hand/right hand issues.


Tony Guntharp
fusion94 at

On Fri, Feb 22, 2008 at 11:44 AM, Greg DeKoenigsberg <gdk at> wrote:
> On Fri, 22 Feb 2008, Tony Guntharp wrote:
>  > Karsten,
>  > Well put...and I do understand the need for Red Hat, Inc. to protect
>  > its trademark. I guess the issue I have with it all were the methods
>  > employed.
>  Me too.
>  > The DP group (of which I am a member) is an loosely formed community
>  > with a purpose very similiar in vein to Open Source/Free Software. The
>  > key thing to note is that this isn't a commercial entity.  You can read
>  > more about the goals and objectives here:
>  >
>  >
>  > A C&D letter should have been sent out as a last resort instead of being
>  > the first salvo. By this being the first shot across the bow it only
>  > allows for escalation to the court system. If the DP group had been
>  > approached sooner by someone from within Red Hat then I think the issue
>  > would have still been resolved in the same manner w/o Red Hat looking
>  > like the bad guy.
>  >
>  > thoughts?
>  You are obviously correct.  Sometimes the left hand acts without knowing
>  what the right hand is doing.  We're working on an answer to the problem
>  right now, preferably before it hits Slashdot.  :)
>  --g
>  --
>  Greg DeKoenigsberg
>  Community Development Manager
>  Red Hat, Inc. :: 1-919-754-4255
>  "To whomsoever much hath been given...
>  ...from him much shall be asked"

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