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From "Shane Curcuru (Commented) (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (PODLINGNAMESEARCH-1) Establish whether "Apache Rat" is a suitable name
Date Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:43:31 GMT


Shane Curcuru commented on PODLINGNAMESEARCH-1:

Benson asked a policy question which might require thought on trademarks@.  My unofficial
thought is: Apache projects must choose names that are not likely to be infringing on other
existing marks, when taking into account that we always use a primary branding of Apache Foo,
and the fact that we are a non-profit that provides software for the public good.

So from a policy perspective, I'm thinking the ASF will insist that it's projects not choose
names that would infringe on other organization's names (or other Apache projects).  Defensibility
is something that we need to ensure we inform the project about, but the final decision for
choosing the name is up to the project.

If the Apache Rat podling is scurrying hard to keep the name, they should choose it.  If they
want something that will ensure only they can eat their unique cheese, they should consider
a more unique name.  But it's up to the podling to choose.
> Establish whether "Apache Rat" is a suitable name
> -------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: PODLINGNAMESEARCH-1
>                 URL:
>             Project: Podling Suitable Names Search
>          Issue Type: Suitable Name Search
>            Reporter: Robert Burrell Donkin
> The Rat podling brought together aRat and the Rat plugin tooling aRat for maven. It now
is a suite of small products including rat, whisker, tentacles and eye which perform various
functions to assist auditing, comprehending and verifying releases. This podling hopes to
graduate as a top level project once a suitable top level project name is found.

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