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Re: "Open Source" is vague term referring to guns, wine, spirituality, e

From: Aaron Wolf
Subject: Re: "Open Source" is vague term referring to guns, wine, spirituality, etc.
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2022 14:48:51 -0700

Ah found the details:

It wasn't intentional. They had attempted to trademark "open source" and they describe the application as "lapsed" rather than rejected, but the rest of the posting makes it seem effectively the same.

> Because the phrase "open source" cannot be trademarked, we must rely on market pressure to protect the concept from abuse.

So much for that. Although to be sure, I think despite the dilution and abuses, the dominant use does remain the OS Definition per OSI.

On 2022-03-14 14:17, Jean Louis wrote:
* Aaron Wolf <> [2022-03-15 00:02]:
FWIW, I heard from people at OSI that they *chose* to release the trademark
on "Open Source" in general many years ago because they thought it would be
better to encourage the use of the term. Whether that was a good decision is
open to debate.

It should be clear from my references that OSI does not have trademark
"Open Source"; thus they were not able to "release" it.

There is type of trademark called "community trademark" used for many
people at once, members of specific group and unrelated to EU
community trademark, but OSI did not move towards that direction. I
find their legal behavior in trademarks rather self-centered.

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