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From Simon Phipps <>
Subject Re: Proposal for OpenOffice Incubator strategy
Date Fri, 03 Jun 2011 00:43:23 GMT

On 3 Jun 2011, at 02:32, Allen Pulsifer wrote:

> Hello Simon,
> This is a noble proposal, but there are is an important prerequisite.  The
> LibreOffice is currently only accepting contributions licensed under the
> LGPL.  The LibreOffice project cannot take those contributions and insert
> them into an Apache Licensed project without the approval of those
> contributors.

I believe LibreOffice accepts contributions under any license that is compatible with LGPLv3,
including the Apache license.

But anyway, contributions can be made to the "New Thing" project and then used by the "Business-As-Usual"
project if that's what the contributor wants.

> Second, I am strongly against adopting any name other than OpenOffice.  The
> world is looking for an "official" distribution.  If the Apache project does
> not adopt the OpenOffice name, then someone else will, and this will confuse
> users even more.  

I am proposing that Apache designate the business-as-usual project as the current "official
distribution" on its behalf. There would be far greater confusion if there was /no/ official
OpenOffice distribution for many months, which seems a risk at the moment.

> For example, even as we speak, a small company in San
> Francisco has filed an application with the United States Patent and
> Trademark Office to trademark the name "OpenOffice".  A copy of this
> application is attached in PDF format.  This company is the current operator
> of  and apparently, they envision that they will
> become the exclusive distributor of "OpenOffice".  Obviously, that must be
> stopped, which I was planning to post on in more detail.  The bottom line
> however is that the only way to stop that is for a recognized organization
> to step up and distribute the "official" OpenOffice distribution.

In which case Apache should get the trademark from Oracle as soon as possible, put it to use
on a valid distribution as soon as possible, and challenge the application.


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