On 05/20/2011 07:06 PM, Christoph Wickert wrote:
> I am looking forward to your suggestions how we can overcome this
I won't go into your points specifically, but I think that with the
successful deployment of Credit Cards as Max describes, a big piece of
the puzzle will be resolved.
As to Fedora merchandise, it would be possible for Red Hat to grant a
trademark license specifically for such goods. Please note that I am not
granting this license to anyone via this email.
The sticking point remains the name of the entity who would be granted
such a license. You insist that it is necessary that the entity have the
Fedora trademark in this name, and give the reasoning that without the
Fedora name, proper credit will not be given back to Fedora for the good
works done by the entity. Unfortunately, it is a legal necessity that no
entity other than Red Hat (as the trademark holder) uses the Fedora
trademark in its name, especially in a situation where Red Hat is
providing funds to that entity.
Red Hat appreciates the wish to give it credit, but that politeness does
not overcome the legal issues preventing this from being a possibility.
There may be other ways for the group to use its money in sponsorships
and for credit to be given to Red Hat and Fedora, and I plan on having
that discussion with Red Hat Legal at the earliest opportunity.
So, to sum it up, I feel that it is possible for a group in EMEA to
accomplish what you wish to accomplish without using the Fedora
trademark in its name (or taking possession of the Fedora trademark,
which, while it may seem to be the "simplest" solution, is not something
that Red Hat is willing to do at this time.
Thank you for your patience, and continued feedback.
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