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I have a question about PHP software licensing - why not trademark the name
"PHP" as an alternative to making the software package incompatible with
the GPL?

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  • Hannes Magnusson at Sep 9, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 10:51 PM, Aidan F wrote:
    Hello,

    I have a question about PHP software licensing - why not trademark the name
    "PHP" as an alternative to making the software package incompatible with
    the GPL?
    Are you honestly suggesting we replace a license with a trademark?

    That is a top notch trolling idea!

    -Hannes
  • Daniel Brown at Sep 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 6:08 PM, Hannes Magnusson wrote:
    On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 10:51 PM, Aidan F wrote:
    Hello,

    I have a question about PHP software licensing - why not trademark the name
    "PHP" as an alternative to making the software package incompatible with
    the GPL?
    Are you honestly suggesting we replace a license with a trademark?

    That is a top notch trolling idea!
    It already is trademarked. It is TM, and a trademark of the PHP
    Group. The difference is, it's only a TM and not an (R), where (R) is
    a Registered Trademark.

    That said, the trademarking of the name versus the license which
    governs the usage of the software are two wholly-different animals.
    And when you breed wholly-different animals, you get the platypus.
    I'm sorry, but the discussion of platypi is beyond the scope of this
    list.

    --
    </Daniel P. Brown>
    Network Infrastructure Manager
    http://www.php.net/

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