Van Lindberg, chairman of the Python Software Foundation, posted a "call to arms", if you will, on the PSF blog about some trademark issues they're having.
For anyone who works in a company that has an office in a EU Community member state, we need your help.
There is a company in the UK that is trying to trademark the use of the term "Python" for all software, services, servers... pretty much anything having to do with a computer. Specifically, it is the company that got a hold on the python.co.uk domain 13 years ago. At that time we weren't looking a lot at trademark issues, and so we didn't get that domain.
Python is the 9th most widely used tag with 164 thousand questions so this is highly relevant to the Stack Overflow community, and I assume Programmers and probably some more communities.
Is Stack Exchange willing to make issues like this visible to the wider community through the Community Bulletin and can this be one of them?
- Full blog post
- Article in the Guardian
- Opposed European Community Trademark
- PSF's trademark application
P.S. Our letter is being written as my company has been using Python for 20 years