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

Dale Johannesen dalej at apple.com
Fri Apr 13 11:13:52 PDT 2007

On Apr 13, 2007, at 10:58 AM, Jeff Cohen wrote:

> Dale Johannesen wrote:
>> On Apr 13, 2007, at 9:49 AM, Devang Patel wrote:
>>> +    Jeff Cohen
>>> +        Oscar
>>> +      Oscar = Open Source Compiler And Runtime
>> 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.

I agree, using it for something unrelated is probably legal (IANAL).   
I was more concerned that establishing
that might get expensive, like naming things McSomething tends to.  But
if there are other open source projects using the name it is probably  
not a problem.

> 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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