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A report from pgCon 2013
Little things that matter in language design
* PTFS requested individual Koha community members to sign NDAs, but this was before the conference call started getting organized. The NDAs were not related to the conference call.
* It is my understanding that PTFS provides a hosted service, and does not distribute any code to the customer. I don't think GPL version 2 requires them to give out source code in this scenario.
Koha community squares off against commercial fork
Posted May 6, 2010 0:39 UTC (Thu) by rahvin (subscriber, #16953)
But the major fatal flaw I see is the original development was done as contract work. It would be governed by NZ law but under US law such an arrangement would mean that the original Library would be the owner of the code, not the contracted developer. As such, purchasing the assets of the developer wouldn't transfer code or name rights to the buyer.
Posted May 6, 2010 4:01 UTC (Thu) by csawtell (subscriber, #986)
Here in NZ it is not legal to use a dictionary word as a trade-mark. The word 'koha' is a perfectly good Maori - one of two official languages - word, and as such would not be available for registration as a trade mark within Aoteroa - New Zealand.
It is also not legal to describe an item for sale in a way which fails to describe it accurately. It would therefore be open to considerable debate as to whether it is acceptable to name something as 'koha' and then charge a set fee for it, because 'koha' is, by its very meaning and nature, a contribution to a communal activity which conforms to the custom of 'Unto each according to his need, and from each according to his ability'.
Posted May 6, 2010 9:53 UTC (Thu) by ranginui (guest, #65927)
A selection of Koha trademarks in NZ
Bell tea & coffee hold a Trademark on Koha - in relation to tea; coffee; tea and coffee substitutes; preparations for beverages
Tohu Wines have Koha, in relation to alcoholic beverages (except beers); wines; fortified wines
KOHA PRODUCTS N Z LTD have a TM on Koha in relation to cosmetic preparations; soaps; perfumes; lotions; face creams; eye creams; make-up; hair care preparations; toiletries; essential oils for cosmetic and perfumery use; essential oils for personal use
I agree with you that it shouldn't be trademarkable, but it is.
Posted May 6, 2010 16:51 UTC (Thu) by rahvin (subscriber, #16953)
If it's true that HLT retained copyright they could simply hand it off to the FSF and things could get very interesting as all the companies succeeding Kapito in ownership would appear to have violated those copyrights and ultimately the surviving entity in interest would be liable for those violations. Have any of the original or current Koha Developers explored the contract that originally created Koha to see if HLT retained copyright?
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