severe charge with trademark issues by "Asterix and Obelix"

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at
Wed Jan 9 19:01:47 UTC 2002

On Wed, Jan 09, 2002 at 07:37:38PM +0100, Friedrich Lindenberg wrote:
> I really don't understand why someone tries this hard to stop the
> development 

It has to be noted that the legal mechanisms of trademark law
are indeed meant to protect the consumer.
There are areas where this actually works.
Think about a product in the store where the producer 
tries to make you lure into buying it, because it looks like a known brand.

Free Software and the Internet however create new situations
for the practical handling of trademark violations.
Indiviuals who test the limits of the legal procedures also show that
revisions of these procedures should be considered.

As with software patents the legal gun seems 
to be on the side of the bigger players without much risk in 
actually fireing it.

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