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

Greg DeKoenigsberg gdk at
Fri Feb 22 19:44:40 UTC 2008

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.  :)


Greg DeKoenigsberg
Community Development Manager
Red Hat, Inc. :: 1-919-754-4255
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...from him much shall be asked"

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