Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 72342
Trademark violation? Rename "OpenOffice" to "OpenOffice.org"
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:06:55 EST
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I'm not going to do this for 1.0.2 unless it's a very important issue, but when
we upgrade to OpenOffice.org 1.1, I think this is a very good thing to do.
Could somebody add commentary to this bug explaining why "OpenOffice" would be a
trademark violation? Unless I'm reading the bugzilla output incorrectly, there
is no commentary by the opener of this bug as to why "OpenOffice" is a problem.
I would also like to add my opinion that calling a program "OpenOffice.org"
seems rather pretentious to me, like the New York Times wanting to call itself
"The New York Times" or Gimp being called "The Gimp".
Back when I opened this bug, the topic was big in the news and I thought it was
self explanatory. I apologize. Here is the relevant link:
7. Why should we say "OpenOffice.org" instead of simply "OpenOffice"?
The trademark for "OpenOffice" belongs to someone else. Therefore we must
use "OpenOffice.org" when referring to this open source project and its
Yes, it's difficult in the heat of an issue to remember that it's the Bugzilla
entry that is likely to become the archival documentation of the issue. (Since
that is the first place people are supposed to look when they have a problem.)
Although it doesn't speak well of the hopes of OO to displace the Leading Brand
if people didn't even do a trademark search before naming the software. Are we
ready for the big leagues?
Actually I think this is fixed in the latest beta of Taroon.