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From Jukka Zitting <>
Subject Re: [names] Public Review
Date Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:03:10 GMT

On Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM, Robert Burrell Donkin
<> wrote:
> The status quo is that podlings must check that their name is suitable
> before graduation.

The wording of the incubator policy on this is to "check of project
name for trademark issues" [1], which I think is fine.

The exact ways of checking this have so far ranged from "I haven't
hread of other projects with similar names" to some googling around
and finally to exhaustive trademark searches, all of which I think I
think are reasonable ways to meet this graduation criteria, depending
on how prominent or likely to encounter trademark trouble the project
really is.

Thus rather than presenting the proposed process as a MUST or SHOULD
for podlings, I'd rather just having it as a guide that podlings MAY
follow to in case they want to make sure that they'll have a good
chance to defend their project name as a trademark should the need
ever arise. Many projects never expect to find themselves in such a
situation (and can deal with it in case they ever do), so I'd be fine
with them using a less heavy-weight means to check their name "for
trademark issues".

> Hopefully the document is reasonably clear that the process described
> isn't the only way to get this done. Suggestions about clearer
> phrasing welcomed.

I'll see if I can come up with a patch with edits along the lines
described above.



Jukka Zitting

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