Posted Feb 18, 2005 20:07 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Linking...
Parent article: A look at CentOS
RedHat is clearly concerned about the context of the linking. They do not want you to say that your product is identical to RedHat but without the fees.
Sure, they're concerned, and justifiably so. But the point is that trademark law doesn't give them any right to do anything about it. Trademark law stops me from saying that my product is Red Hat; it doesn't stop me from saying it's equivalent to Red Hat.
Unless the context reaches the level of libel, I can't see any legal way Red Hat can stop someone from referring to its web site. People once thought HTML linking might be a form of copying or encouraging copying, and therefore be controlled by copyright, but courts have said otherwise.
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