[Twisted-Python] suggestions for naming to help us preserve a Twisted trademark

Jonathan Lange jml at mumak.net
Thu May 29 19:43:44 MDT 2008

On Fri, May 30, 2008 at 10:25 AM, Tim Stebbing <tjstebbing at gmail.com> wrote:
> why?
> I mean, if you trademark 'Twisted' and developer X goes and calls his
> bit of code 'twisted foo' are you going to pursue him in court? To
> what end?

If someone sold a networking library that was called "Twisted" and was
not actually Twisted, I would be unhappy and want them to stop. If the
law could help, then that's great. The same would apply if a company
sold "Twisted Enterprise" based on the real thing.

My understanding is that if it's common for people to make projects
called "Twisted Foo", then it becomes harder to use the law to protect
against this. IANAL, of course.

> trademarking just seems to rub the wrong way, makes people suspicious,
> goes against the ethos man ;)

So does reply-before-post :P

More seriously, Emacs, Apache, Linux, Python, Debian and Ubuntu are
all trademarked. The Emacs trademark is held by the FSF, bastions of
ideological purity. So far, I've encountered only one person who finds
this suspicious. Hi Tim :)


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