Open Source trademark error in CACM
chris.ingram at acm.org
Wed Apr 7 04:02:46 UTC 1999
In your article in the April 1999 issue of _Communications of the
ACM_ titled "Lessons from Open-Source [sic] Software Development", I
believe that you state an incorrect fact. In the first sentence of the
second paragraph you state, "Officially, open source (which is a
trademark of the Open Source Initiative - see www.opensource.org)..."
Searching the US Patent and Trademark Office database (available at
http://www.uspto.gov/tmdb/) reveals that the term "Open Source" is a
certification mark of Software in the Public Interest (SPI). This is also
the assertion on their web site at http://www.spi-inc.org/trademarks/.
SPI indicates, however, that the trademark is managed by Eric Raymond,
who happens to be the founder of the Open Source Initive. OSI does not
own the trademark. Please make a note of the error and have it
corrected. Thank you.
Chris.Ingram at acm.org
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