Linus trademarks Linux

By Derek Sooman on August 22, 2005, 1:54 PM
In a move apparently backed by the father of Linux, Linus Torvalds, more than ninety Australian companies have been asked to pay a licence fee for Linux software. Letters demanding US$5000 for use of the Linux name were originally dismissed as a hoax, but the whole affair has turned out to be deadly serious.

Jon 'Maddog' Hall, the executive director of Linux International in the US, said that a community organisation called Linux Australia had been nominated to handle the trademark issue and had sent out the letters.

In the US, the Linux Mark Institute (LMI) will handle trademark issues in the US and nominate local bodies to look after trademark things in other countries.

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genericuser100 said:
The linked story is WRONG. There is a significant amount of confusion on the internet about what it means to "trademark" something. In this particular case, some companies in Australian have been notified that because they are using the word "Linux" in their software related company or product name, they may be asked sometime in the future to pay a fee. This is specifically for the purposes of maintaining the Linux trademark. No Linux end users, corporate or otherwise, are being asked to pay anything, nor will they ever be. For anyone who wants actual facts, rather than the misleading tripe posted on the inquirer, go here:[url]
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