Questions tagged [trademark]

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Is the term 'open source' a trademark?

A few months ago, MongoDB introduced a new license called SSPL following some conflicts with AWS. Later they presented this license to the Open Source Initiative (OSI) for approval for it to be called ...
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Is there a license that requires derivative works to be published using my project's name?

Like many software developers, I am seeing my open source projects as showcases of my abilities and style of work. I want to license them in a way that prevents others from publishing derivative works ...
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Can I use a company's name in my open-source project?

I'm developing a small open-source plugin for a fairly well known CMS, which as far as I can tell has a trademark on the product and company name. It's starting to get a bit of traction, so I'm in the ...
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Can I force to use a different name when redistributing GPL software?

Will that violate GPL? I still allow the recipient to redistribute unmodified copies and with modifications but they have to call the product with a different name when they do it. Is such restriction ...
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Who owns the rights to a logo contributed to an open-source project?

I recently designed a logo for an MIT-licensed open-source project. That same open-source project has now launched a commercial offering under the same name (just using a .com instead of .org) domain,...
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Open Source License that requires commercial users to contribute

I want to start an open source project that will provide ready-to-use business logos for use in mapping products. Part of the challenge here is that logos are trademarked and cannot be used without ...
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Can I use Apache software logos without explicit permission in my slides?

According to Apache Trademark Policy page, I can use Apache feather logo in my slides without asking permissions. You needn't ask us for permission to use the Apache feather logo (the version ...
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Company logo in an MIT licensed project [duplicate]

I want to release a project under the MIT license. Among the source files there is a png with the company logo. I would like to specify that that logo cannot be included in any of the derivative works....
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How can I protect the rights on character names or imagery in an open source game?

I want to publish an open source game, but I want to retain all copyrights on the used characters. A use case would be that another party downloads the code and makes a new game with it, but the ...
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How do I refer to the AOSP specifically, instead of compatible versions of Android, without breaking trademark law?

According to these guidelines, Android™ is a trademark that should only refer to compatible versions of Android as described here. My confusion is that the Android Open Source Project's name contains ...
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Marketing GPL 3 software

I am planning on selling software which is licensed under GPL 3. I have gone through the terms and conditions listed in the GPL 3 license. However, I would like to know if any of the following ...
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Using company logos in open source projects?

I want to create an open source custom home page and I need to use logos (such as Google's) to link to their sites. Can I use them freely, or should I check individually, and if it is the latter, how ...
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Is it possible to stop the removal/modification of my project's logo?

I am working on open source tool for which I want users to not remove or change product logo. Is this possible? I had originally asked my question here at Stack Overflow but it was recommended that I ...
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How did memtest86 transition from GPL to closed-source?

Memtest86, a popular software for RAM diagnostics, was initially developed as open source (GPLv2). Version 3 was forked into a separate project, Memtest86+, also distributed under GPL terms. Source ...
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How should I license my project's logo?

For my OSS project, is it a good idea to release the "brand assets" under a CC license? I want to make it easy for people to use the logo for blogs/articles talking about the product and derivatives ...
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Can I use the logo of the R statistical package on my webpage?

I am a statistical programmer. As a SAS certified programmer, I can put the SAS logo on my website. I would like to also display the R logo, because many clients want programming in R. Does anyone ...
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Differences between Firefox and IceCat?

From GNUzilla: GNUzilla is the GNU version of the Mozilla suite, and GNU IceCat is the GNU version of the Firefox browser. Its main advantage is an ethical one: it is entirely free software. While ...
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Does being open sourced mean others can use my logo?

Suppose I have created an open source application I have also created a snazzy logo to go with the application (for example, the Eclipse logo) I released my application's source code under a ...
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Can I use the OSI logo to help me advertise my project?

Suppose I want to release a software program to the App Store, under an open source license. As I want to increase the number of downloads, I want to advertise that the software is an Open Source ...