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Re: [Phpgroupware-developers] Project Structure

From: Lars Kneschke(priv.)
Subject: Re: [Phpgroupware-developers] Project Structure
Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 16:52:11 +0000

Alex Borges <address@hidden> schrieb: 
>> >From a commercial perspective the major problem that we (as a
>company) have 
>> with a single person controlling the 'brand' (the name itself, the
>domain and 
>> the trademarks) is that if we contribute large amounts of business
>> (e.g. development time etc) to the project then essentially we are
>building a 
>> 'brand' that is controlled by one person.  We are building someone
>> castle. 
>> So by continuing to hold on to the domains, trademarks etc you
>restrict the 
>> progress of the project, as it is very hard for people like me to
>> support from our Board of Directors to invest time and resources
>> phpgroupware.  I am sure there are many other companies out there
>who are 
>> faced with the same situation that ours is faced with.
>I have to stand beside this opinion. Linux is owned by Linus as
>but there is an independent consortium that manages the brand. If i
>for official permission to use the brand from Dan, will I get it
>price-free (id be willing to pay handling charges perhaps, but not
>actual fee) ??  This is part of the issue, Linus gives permission
>for free to use the Linux trademark, and he has huge pressure from
>public statements he has made that he would go out of his way to
>the Linux TM accesible to all who wish to use it right (to sell
>not undermine it or its merits). If i had this kind of security it'd
>easyer for us to get funding to, in turn, asign men to stuff in
That's how i see it to. I do also develop for phpgw, and maybe tommorow i'll
try to start to sell a product based on phpgw. I put much time into phpgw,
so i should also be able to use the name.

But let's wait until dan has published his licence ideas.

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