[IAEP] [SLOBS] SLOBs Position on SoaS

Sean DALY sdaly.be at gmail.com
Sat Sep 19 16:34:59 EDT 2009

Trademark registration has a cost.

I've laid out several thousand USD for marketing expenses this year
(yesterday's press release for example was $600) and I could cover
SoaS trademark registration if money was the problem. I feel this is
the way to go.

Announcing a policy works with friends, but even misunderstandings can
quickly create difficulties. Others may be motivated to use the name
as we raise awareness, and without trademark registration we could
lose the right to use it. Both sugarlabs.com and sugarlabs.eu belong
to squatters for example.


On Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 9:43 PM, Chris Ball <cjb at laptop.org> wrote:
> Hi,
>   > I am all for Sugar Labs protecting, "owning" and bestowing the
>   > SOaS monickers, and for full recognition to Sebastian's work (and
>   > other's within the Fedora one, and the other options).
>   > Who will pay?
> I don't think anyone needs to pay anything.  If we announced that the
> SL policy is for "Sugar on a Stick" to be reserved for SoaS-Fedora
> only, I'd consider the name to be protected and owned.
> There can be a different conversation about what would happen if, even
> after we said that, someone refused to follow it.  That seems pretty
> unlikely, though, given that SL is small enough that we know all of
> the actors personally.
> - Chris.
> --
> Chris Ball   <cjb at laptop.org>
> One Laptop Per Child

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