Trademarks are all an open source community really 'owns'

Posted by Julie188 on Oct 29, 2010 7:57 PM EDT
Network World; By Stephen Spector
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Stephen Spector writes, "I am in the process of finalizing a new trademark and legal policy for the OpenStack community and I have been working on the rules that allow anyone to take the software from our open source project and distribute, resell, etc using our OpenStack trademark." He's discovered that the only item a community can own in a legal sense is the trademark, but it gets tricky. What usage of open source software should require the trademark -- and at what point is the code so modified that it shouldn't carry the mark?

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