Linux history as a sequel of trademark charges

Bernhard Kaindl bernhard.kaindl at
Mon Feb 16 23:59:53 UTC 2004

On Sun, 15 Feb 2004, Werner Heuser wrote:

> Hello,
> after I have been charged from the owners of the trademark Obelix for
> my project MobiliX, I became aware of more and more trademark
> cases in the Linux world. There have been FOSS and commercial
> projects been charged. I have made a survey of the cases
> I know (but due to legal reasons I can't mention all of them) here:
> Could you please check that survey and tell me if I have missed
> some cases.

I guess you can add Phoenix -> Mozilla Firebird
                           and Mozilla Firebird -> Mozilla Firefox


PS: Nice story from:

Gandalf: No! Don't ever use it!
Frodo:   How do we know it's source to the One OS of the Dark Lord?
  Gandalf tosses a CD-R into the burner, and burns
  Windows.Source.Code.w2k.nt4.wxp.tar onto it.
  When the CD is done, there are glowing fiery letters on it.
Frodo:   I can't read the fiery letters.
Gandalf: There are few who can. The language is that of Redmond, which I
         will not utter here. In the common tongue, it says
         "One OS To Rule Them All, One OS To Find Them,
          One OS To Bring Them All And With The NDA Bind Them"
Frodo:   Take the source code Gandalf!
Gandalf: Noo! Do not tempt me with it!  I dare not take it!
         Not even to keep it safe! You must understand Frodo,
         that I would be tempted to use this source code, for good.
         To disclose hidden API's, help the WINE project. But through me,
         all of open source would be tainted, and the LawyerWraiths of
         The Dark Lord will sure destroy us.
Frodo:   But it cannot stay here!
Gandalf: No, no it can't.
Frodo:   What must I do?
Gandalf: It must be sent to the fires of /dev/null, where it will be undone,
         and we will be kept safe from the Lawyers of Evilo[0^0]o. 

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