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Linux Mark Institute fights on

Short version of LMI's statement. That was just a preliminary decision. There are nasty people trying to seize this trademark in other countries. Send money.

Begging BowlBefore posting about the Linux trademark's loss in Australia on Friday, I did check the LMI Web site and found nothing.

Now there's something. (That's a Buddhist begging bowl to the right. Did you know the ancient Buddhist practice of giving and receiving is called Dana?)

Short version of LMI's statement. That was just a preliminary decision. There are nasty people trying to seize this trademark in other countries. Send money.

This gives us a chance to recall what the fight is about. If Linus Torvalds can't protect the Linux trademark, but someone else can seize it, then that someone else can stop you from doing business in that country, or even hold you up for their own enrichment.

LMI calls this "third party appropriation" and their latest statement notes that 24 countries, including China, Brazil, France, Germany, India and Japan, currently have registrations on file from folks other than Linus.

Some have been nice about it, the statement continues, saying they filed to protect Linus' rights. Others are not so nice, and these people have to be fought in court. That takes money.

Thus the begging bowl, and the practice of Dana, held out to those who use the word Linux in trade and want it to continue to mean something.