[openstack-dev] [neutron]: Neutron naming legal issues

Akihiro Motoki amotoki at gmail.com
Fri Apr 1 06:24:39 UTC 2016

IIRC 'Quantum' was renamed to 'Neutron' due to the trademark issue.
I don't think reverting it to 'Quantum' resolves the issue.
When we chose a new name, the foundation checked the legal/trademark issue,
so I think it is better to contact the OpenStack foundation or discuss
it in the legal-discuss ML.

"Newton" release of "neutron" is confusing though :(


2016-04-01 14:46 GMT+09:00 Jimmy Akin <jimmyakin at rambler.ru>:
> Dear Neutrinos,
> We've been following the project for quite some time.
> To our satisfaction the project seems to have done well; the base line of
> features that were available to the networking component of OpenStack
> (then nova-network) has grown quite a bit and seem to have gained a
> successful momentum with the communities, both development and
> operators.
> However, Neutron appears to be a trademarked name [1], and after thoroughly
> discussing the issue with our and Marvel' legal departments
> both sides have reached the conclusion that a naming scheme is an obligatory
> amendment and unfortunately is the only viable option.
> An obvious resolution to this issue is reverting the old "Quantum" name
> back.
> However, this is subject to change and review from the PTL and as such,
> we'll shortly propose a relevant change to the review system.
> We anticipate the review process to be be swift, to avoid further legal
> implications.
> Sincerely,
> Jimmy J. Akin,
> CIO,        John F. Kennedy Space Center.
> [1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_(Marvel_Comics)
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