Originally Published: Saturday, 4 September 1999 Author: Andrew Feinberg
Published to: news_interact_lugs/LUGs News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

LUG Member Speaks Out on RH Trademark Issue...

This week there was some controversy over RedHat's apparant crackdown on use of their "Red Hat Linux" trademark. According to the rumor on Slashdot, RedHat would no longer allow people to call anything but their shrink-wrapped box set "Red Hat Linux." After much complaining and mudslinging, RedHat came out with an explanation.

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This week there was some controversy over RedHat's apparant crackdown on use of their "Red Hat Linux" trademark. According to the rumor on Slashdot, RedHat would no longer allow people to call anything but their shrink-wrapped box set "Red Hat Linux." After much complaining and mudslinging, RedHat came out with an explanation.

The gist of it was that people on Amazon and other auction sites were burning RedHat CDs and selling them as Red Hat Linux. This was misleading consumers into thinking that they were buying the offical boxed set, and annoying the hell out of both them, the auction site, and RedHat. So, the rumor was true. The "Official Red Hat Linux" may only be applied to their product. Duh, people.

The point of a trademark is that it is used. If RedHat allows people to dilute it, then it will not stand up in court. Of course they should protect it in some way. You can say that your homebrew CD _contains_ Red Hat Linux, but you can't call it the Official Red Hat Linux. Duh.

It says something about our overall maturity when we as a community are always ready to flame and harass one of our biggest allies. RedHat would not be here without us, and they know it. Who there is stupid enough to forget it? And why are we as a community so eager to tear apart one of our own? Grow up and calm down.





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