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are trademark fees good or bad for Linux (tm)  

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are Linux trademark fees as so wildly reported lately, good or bad for us ?

 

what do you think ? vote !

 

more info here http://www.linuxmark.org/fees.html

 

      Schedule A of the LMI Sublicense sets forth details of the sublicense fee.  What follows is a summary.

 

Sliding Scale.

 

An Annual Fee is applied to each sublicensed trademark.  The fee is set according to two factors: A) the for profit/non-profit status of your company or organization, and B) the aggregate gross revenue you expect to earn in the next fiscal year for goods/services associated with the mark in question.  Marks grouped in a brand are treated as a single mark.

 

Non-Profit Tier

Annual Fee = US$200

 

For Profit/Other Tier 1

[This is a "grandfather clause" for written sublicenses executed prior to August 1, 2004]Annual Fee = $0

 

For Profit/Other Tier 2

[Total projected annual gross revenue between zero and US $100,000]

Annual Fee = US $200

 

For Profit/Other Tier 3

[Total projected annual gross revenue between US $100,000 and US$200,000]

Annual Fee = US $500

 

For Profit/Other Tier 4

[Total projected annual gross revenue between US $200,000 and US $1 million]

Annual Fee = US $1000

 

For Profit/Other Tier 5

[Total projected annual gross revenue over US $1 million]

Annual Fee = US $5000 

Schedule A of the LMI Sublicense sets forth details of the sublicense fee. What follows is a summary.

 

Sliding Scale.

 

An Annual Fee is applied to each sublicensed trademark. The fee is set according to two factors: A) the for profit/non-profit status of your company or organization, and B) the aggregate gross revenue you expect to earn in the next fiscal year for goods/services associated with the mark in question. Marks grouped in a brand are treated as a single mark.

 

Non-Profit Tier

Annual Fee = US$200

 

For Profit/Other Tier 1

[This is a "grandfather clause" for written sublicenses executed prior to August 1, 2004]

Annual Fee = $0

 

For Profit/Other Tier 2

[Total projected annual gross revenue between zero and US $100,000]

Annual Fee = US $200

 

For Profit/Other Tier 3

[Total projected annual gross revenue between US $100,000 and US$200,000]

Annual Fee = US $500

 

For Profit/Other Tier 4

[Total projected annual gross revenue between US $200,000 and US $1 million]

Annual Fee = US $1000

 

For Profit/Other Tier 5

[Total projected annual gross revenue over US $1 million]

Annual Fee = US $5000

 

 

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The fees only apply to new companies wishing to profit from the name Linux.

 

All the distros currently using it are fine, all the companies currently using it are fine.

 

I think this is a great thing, its not an attempt to trademark the kernel or its source, its just a name and after all Linus made the name, so why shouldn't he get to choose whats done with it? Protecting the name Linux from being abused is a good thing.. imagine:

 

Microsoft Linux... and the worst thing.. it doesn't need to be linux, it can just be the next version of MS Windows.. :blink: Well now.. now they'd need to pay Linus :)

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Did Linux-Noob have to get a license?

 

Just curious.

 

Due to the 'Grandfather' clause, linux-noob and derivations there of do not require to be licensed.

 

This is the same for all people who are currently using the name Linux. Basically the grandfather clause protects all people who were currently using the name Linux.

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