The name G10

Curt Clark wcclark at
Mon Jan 26 20:35:19 CET 1998

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At 01:30 PM 1/27/98 +1100, Anand wrote:
>Same here. Using the name GPG would likely bring a trademark suit. However
>using the name 'GNU Privacy Guard' is unlikely to. 

I think I see your logic but I cannot agree. The likelihood that PGP, 
Inc. would take such an action against a GNU project is very low. 
OTOH, if G10 were to change to payware at some point in the future, 
then I might be persuaded to agree. As long as G10 remains non-profit, 
I would bet my favorite keyboard there would be nothing said.

Imagine an attorney (who represents PGP, Inc.) presenting his case:

Atty: "But your Honor, the TLA GPG contains the same letters as the 
acronym copyrighted by my client, PGP, Inc."

Judge: "So what? Does one word or name in the TLA of GPG stand for 
any of the words or names used in the TLA PGP?"

Atty: "Only one, your Honor."

Judge: "I think you need more similarity than one equivalent word
and the use of the same two letters in reverse order to constitute 
copyright infringement. Case dismissed."

>This is similar to a product called 'CocaCola' whose official shortening
>is 'Coke' being called 'cola'.

Again, I respectfully disagree. The 'CocaCola' example demonstrates the 
high risk in using a shorten or abbreviated form of an existing, 
copyrighted product name. GPG is not a shortened or abbreviated form of 
PGP. Nor is GNU Privacy Guard a shortened or abbreviated form of Pretty 
Good Privacy.

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