[LLVMdev] [llvm-commits] CVS: llvm-www/Name.html

Jeff Cohen jeffc at jolt-lang.org
Fri Apr 13 10:58:22 PDT 2007

Dale Johannesen wrote:
> On Apr 13, 2007, at 9:49 AM, Devang Patel wrote:
>> +    <tr><td>Jeff Cohen</td><th>
>> +        Oscar</th>
>> +      <td>Oscar = Open Source Compiler And Runtime</td></tr>
> Perfect, and very nice backronym.  Unfortunately, Wikipedia says:
>> Both Oscar and Academy Award are registered trademarks of the  
>> Academy [of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences],
>> fiercely protected through litigation and threats thereof.

It's not that simple.  If LLVM had anything to do with the entertainment 
industry, or if it used a golden statue as its icon, you're right, they 
would sue and win.  But you are free to name your child Oscar, and they 
will not (can not) sue.  Nor do they sue "Oscar Mayer", well-known maker 
of hot dogs and operator of the Wienermobile.

Furthermore, a simple google shows that there are several open source 
projects named OSCAR:

    * oscar.openclustergroup.org - Open Source Cluster Application Resources
    * www.csm.ornl.gov/oscar - A bundle of software for making Linux
      clusters. Source code, hardware notes, and documentation
    * www.theoscarproject.org - Reinventing mobility an open source
      project about inventing hardware.
    * oscar.objectweb.org - The OW2 Consortium is an open source
      software community aiming at developing component-based middleware
      for large scale distributed systems.
    * oscar.symplicity.com -OSCAR - Online System for Clerkship
      Application and Review

and others...  What's one more?

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