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Date:      Sun, 7 Oct 2001 14:02:37 -0700
From:      "Ted Mittelstaedt" <tedm@toybox.placo.com>
To:        "Gary W. Swearingen" <swear@blarg.net>
Cc:        <freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG>
Subject:   RE: Use of the UNIX Trademark
Message-ID:  <000001c14f73$651b3600$1401a8c0@tedm.placo.com>
In-Reply-To: <pc4rpckb4s.rpc@localhost.localdomain>

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>-----Original Message-----
>From: owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
>[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG]On Behalf Of Gary W.
>Swearingen
>Sent: Saturday, October 06, 2001 9:05 AM
>To: Ted Mittelstaedt
>Cc: freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
>Subject: Re: Use of the UNIX Trademark
>
>
>You wrote:
>
>> I think that something else too deserves to be stated here about TOG.
>
>Maybe, since you've worked these trademark issues before, you could
>say how TOG (or trademark lawyers in general) react to the use of things
>like "Unix-like", "Unixy", or "Un*x" in the same places they would
>complain about the use of "Unix".  Eg, on a FreeBSD-promoting web site,
>or a FreeBSD-book-promoting web site, not necessarily FreeBSD.org.
>
>Ex:
>
>FreeBSD is a Unix(TM)-like OS.  (with proper TM blurb at bottom, etc.)
>

This is incoddect because the TOG guidelines on their website) specifically
prohibit UNIX as spelled Unix, it must  be all caps.  They prohibit Unix-like
also.

>FreeBSD is one of many free Unixy [or unixy] OSes.
>

not allowed as per TOG instructions.

>FreeBSD is a near-clone of Un*x, evolving from a Un*x-branded code base.
>

I doubt TOG would care about this.  It's too far away from UNIX to matter -
they might
squawk but Un*x is not a registered mark. (as of yet)


Ted Mittelstaedt                                       tedm@toybox.placo.com
Author of:                           The FreeBSD Corporate Networker's Guide
Book website:                          http://www.freebsd-corp-net-guide.com


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