[zeromq-dev] Trademark policy for 0MQ

Pieter Hintjens ph at imatix.com
Thu May 12 17:11:07 CEST 2011

On Thu, May 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM, Martin Lucina <mato at kotelna.sk> wrote:

> It's not clear who this policy is designed to protect.
> Is this designed to protect the community as a whole against a hostile
> takeover of the 0MQ name? Or, is it designed to protect iMatix' bundling of
> products under the 0MQ name?
> The current text appears to mix the two; points (2) and (3) appear to
> contradict themselves. Also, singling out language bindings is somewhat
> unfair.
> You might want to take a look at the (for example) Debian Trademark
> Licensing Policy: http://www.debian.org/trademark:. It's very simple and
> straightforward.

Well, you were present at the meeting on Tuesday when Martin asked
explicitly for a written policy on trademarks, and when projects
naming themselves "zeromq" was cited as a cause of confusion.

The text I wrote was a proposal to answer that. Obviously it's a
request for comments, and you're welcome to submit patches to it.

If people would prefer the current situation, it's absolutely fine by
me. I've no desire to annoy Daisuke or other contributors but tbh
seeing announcements like "ZeroMQ 1.0.1 is now ready" are kind of


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