"Jorge G. Mare" <koki@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > IMHO, there is too much focus on distro guidelines. In fact, to me > the > mere existence of a distro guideline could be interpreted as an > inference contrary to the stated position of the project to > discourage > distros. That's indeed a pretty good point. Urias McCullough <umccullough@xxxxxxxxx> wrote: > 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. Indeed, that makes perfect sense (to me, at least :)). > > 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. > > http://www.mozilla.org/foundation/trademarks/policy.html > > 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 > there. Sounds good, too, although some general guidelines (even internal ones) as what is allowable, and what is not, should be outlined as well. Bye, Axel.