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From janI <j...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Apache OpenOffice in Fedora 19?
Date Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:26:30 GMT
On 7 February 2013 13:20, Rob Weir <robweir@apache.org> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 3:13 AM, J├╝rgen Schmidt <jogischmidt@gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > On 2/7/13 8:59 AM, Andrea Pescetti wrote:
> >> Rob Weir wrote:
> >>> But I would have trademark concerns if a statement like this installed
> >>> anything but OpenOffice:
> >>> sudo yum install openoffice.org
> >>
> >> It doesn't. But indeed the openoffice.org alias has been discussed and
> I
> >> hope we can get it reassigned or dropped without invoking trademarks.
> >> Anyway, it is not one of the technically problematic aliases but just a
> >> convenience alias, so it can be addressed after we have packages ready.
> >>
> >
> > We should argue that the aliases came from OpenOffice and that they were
> > hijacked if you want by LibreOffice. They even used the package name in
> > the past to install LibreOffice and not OpenOffice. We tolerated it
> > because we had no updated version in place with the latest security
> > fixes. But that's it and the game changed, we have a current version and
> > will provide future versions.
> >
>
> It comes down to user confusion.  We've already seen users confused by
> this, where they think they are installing OpenOffice and instead get
> something else.  This is classic trademark infringement.  You can't
> offer bottles of Coca-Cola for to consumers and then fill the bottles
> with Pepsi.
>
If it is so classic, then  for sure the ASF laywers could inform Fedora
about the problem, and ask them to correct it, independently of whether or
not AOO is distribtuted. I assume that since they are the distributors they
need to make sure that their contributors uses valid trademarks.

This might be a problem on other distros as well.

Or is life not as simple as I think ?

rgds
Jan I

>
> > And again changing soffice means much more work and I really don't see
> > why we should change it because they belong to OpenOffice.
> >
> > Some magic UNO bootstrap code used by UNO client applications used the
> > soffice alias for example. Changing it would break potential client
> > applications.
> >
> > The other aliases like oowriter are obvious where they come from, why
> > should we change them?
> >
> > It is important to come back in distros but we should not easy give up
> > what belongs to OpenOffice.
> >
> > Juergen
> >
> >
>

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