[haiku] Re: Some minor suggestions to the Distro Guidelines.

  • From: Urias McCullough <umccullough@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 16:42:30 -0700

On Mon, Oct 12, 2009 at 4:32 PM, Jorge G. Mare <koki@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Instead of this focus on distro guidelines, I think that a well thought
> out trademark policy in line with your strategy should suffice; of
> course, there would be a distro/spin/remix component to it.

I strongly agree with this... for example, I have now seen a couple
requests for creating Haiku-branded materials in the absence of any
real trademark policy about this. I think we need to add some
substantial trademark policy guidelines that extend to usage of the
the name/logo in derivative artwork, website domains, merchandise
(private and/or commercial), etc.

Derivatives of the OS/software itself should certainly have a section
devoted to it, but I think as Jorge points out, we have other holes to
discuss and close as well.

> Anyway, a lot of thought has to go into something like this, and I don't
> have much time right now; if somebody else comes up with something, I
> will provide my input then.

It's probably worth taking a look at some of the other FOSS project
trademark policies out there - Mozilla's comes to mind as a pretty
strong foundation, as they have aggressively trademarked Firefox and
the associated artwork, with pretty clear policies put in place.


Perhaps we could put stronger focus on "asking permission" for
questionable uses such as distributions for purposes of trademark
policy and thus put the onus on the distro-creator to either remove
trademarks, or ask permission and allow discussion to ensue from

- Urias

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