[haiku] Re: Rethinking the Haiku Distro Guidelines

  • From: "Axel Dörfler" <axeld@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 21:03:00

"Jorge G. Mare" <koki@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-10-13 at 07:46 +0000, Axel Dörfler wrote: 
> > While I'm currently preferring Jorge's idea to solve this issue 
> > with 
> > the trademark policies alone, if we wanted to go the full distance, 
> > we 
> > shouldn't brand our nightly builds as Haiku then, either, because 
> > that 
> > could be counted as a trademark usage policy violation, too. Not 
> > that 
> > we actually release them properly, but it's basically a similar 
> > thing. 
> > Maybe we should call the development versions Walter :-)
> I don't think this is a good idea.
> First, what goes into the Haiku nightly builds cannot result into a
> violation, because the trademark policy applies only to derivative 
> work
> by third parties, and not to your own work (which the nightly builds
> are).
> Furthermore, removing branding would work against the very basic
> objective of a trademark, which is to clearly identify the product of
> your work by means of a distinctive name and mark.

First of all, I'm not sure it's a good idea - I just wanted to mention 
it to get some feedback. The point would be that only releases are 
official Haiku versions - the nightly built images might be of poor 
quality that does not fulfill our standards. Mozilla does a very similar 
thing, and calls its beta/testing releases differently, and only the 
actual released (and unchanged) product can use the trademarked names.


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