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Thursday, November 17, 2005
For those not already aware, Pajamas Media has changed their name to OSM or Open Source Media. Of course, as it turns out, there is already an Open Source Media out there (who aren't too thrilled with the new name). OSM is saying this is not a problem since they're really going by OSM and not Open Source Media (even though that's what OSM stands for). As far as trademark law goes, I'm not an expert... though as I recall from Business Law class, names that are similar enough as to cause market confusion can be considered in violation of a trademark.
As a software engineer, I find the fact that they include this type of text to be completely against the very concept of Open Source. Read their terms, then read the GNU Public License, or Creative Commons agreements which are the basis for "Open Source" software, and then try to tell me that OSM is truly "Open Source".
Update: And as ZDNet points out, OSM is a company, not an organization, so should be using the .com TLD, and not .org. If they were a truly open source media, and not for profit, then .org would be appropriate. However, the entire point of this venture is to make money. You can't have it both ways.
I think your right that they are "trying to tie themselves to a cool buzzword." But what makes it even more silly to me is reading the real "Open Source" definition (The Open Source Definition v1.9)Post a Comment
Also they owe all the smaller blog they strung along an appology.
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