Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Aug 2005 18:44 UTC
Legal More than 90 Australian companies have been asked to pay a licence fee for Linux software in a move apparently backed by Linus Torvalds. Letters demanding US$5000 for use of the Linux name were originally dismissed as a hoax. But according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Linus Torvalds is dead serious.
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Well, if it IS true...
by Tuishimi on Fri 19th Aug 2005 17:55 UTC
Tuishimi
Member since:
2005-07-06

...either there will be a lot more threads about Linus being as bad as Microsoft and Apple and Sun -OR- tons of trolling about the end of "open source" and "free software".

Personally, since we live in a capitalist society, I have no problem with people charging $$$ for their work, even if it is built on the backs of others.

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RE: Well, if it IS true...
by somebody on Sat 20th Aug 2005 18:21 in reply to "Well, if it IS true..."
somebody Member since:
2005-07-07

It is not about charging about work.

It is charging trademak. If you want to build your name or product and use the Linux TM as your stepping stone.

Take a look at example like SymphonyOS. It is completely valid name. SymphonyLinux would be another case where trademark license fee would have to be paid.

For example Redhat Linux. Again licence fee here. While "Redhat - Linux TM Distribution (or based on Linux TM) ... Linux is a trademark of..." would be completely valid use without license fee.

Even greater example is the Australian so called "Linux Support Group". This is not official support group, but their name sounds as it would be. How can one know that they aren't official? They probably gained a lot of customers in this way. And what if their support sucks? In general opinion the final result would be, well... Linux support sucks.

Again, all this started long ago (not now) with sites like LinuxWarez, LinuxBitches, etc. except that now it is time to clean the community. Everything sounds very, very fair to me. You just can't name your product LinuxSomething (the same case as you can't name your product Photoshop, it is a registered trademark too).

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