List Archive: gentoo-nfp
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On Sat, Apr 17, 2004 at 09:24:37AM -0600 or thereabouts, Daniel Robbins wrote:
> If the NFP survives, it would still have ownership of the trademarks.
> There's no way for me to take them from the NFP, so no need for the NFP to
> take them back. The NFP could simply resume using them if (theoretically) it
> shut down for a period of time but then resumed its mission.
> The other reasoning for allowing me to use the marks is one of fairness. I
> developed the "Gentoo" brand and committed myself to giving this brand
> value. I personally designed the "G" logo (in blender; it was a lot of
> work.) They could legitimately be sold to the NFP rather than just
> transferred. This is what my lawyer suggested I do, because from his
> perspective it is common sense. I again talked him down for just the ability
> to continue to use them and thus keep running the Store as a separate entity
> for as long as I choose.
I think this is very fair and reasonable thing. My only suggestion/request
would be to make this a non-transferrable license. I certainly don't
begrudge you making some money off of Gentoo in light of your
contributions. However, I think if you ever decided (for whatever reason)
to sub-license and/or sell your license to another entity, that could
potentially lead to a lot of problems and might not be in the best
interests of Gentoo.