Trademark rights and copyright for "Cygwin" and logo.
DePriest, Jason R.
Fri May 11 22:16:00 GMT 2007
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http://www.uspto.gov/index.html (I didn't find anything under Cygwin
or RedHat and the stuff I found searching for Cygnus was not related
to this project at all).
1. Patent law - protects inventions that are novel, useful, and
nonobvious by granting its owner the right to exclude others from
making, using, or selling the claimed invention.
2. Copyright law - protects authors of creative works such as books,
movies, art from any unauthorized copying, reproduction or
distribution of their work. Protects only the expression and not the
idea of the work.
3. Trademark law - protects the name or mark associated with the
product to which they are attached. A trademark is any word, name,
symbol, color or sound that is adopted and used by a company to
identify its goods and distinguish them from those manufactured or
sold by others. Service mark is the same as a trademark but identifies
a service and not a product.
A cursory search search of Google Patents
http://www.google.com/patents?q=cygwin&btnG=Search+Patents turned up
two items. They are both old (one from 2001, the other from 2002),
but if you feel like reading through them maybe you can see how they
attribute Cygwin and its bits.
For the Cygwin folks, it is really a good idea to have the preferred
usage of the logo documented in an easily accessible location. This
long, drawn out, emotional thread has shown that nobody really knows
how someone can legally use the logo.
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