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

Fox, Kevin M Kevin.Fox at pnnl.gov
Fri Apr 1 21:14:18 UTC 2016


This kind of thing happens all the time, and usually its not reasonable to enforce across different types of things. Especially since neutrons a type of space/science thing and so is nova, from which it spawned. I think its highly unlikely that someone will confuse the software and the commic character.

And in todays day and age it is basically impossibe to use a word and not find something that exists already. Its hard enough in the software world not to with another piece of software, let alone a commic book character that a lot of folks never have heard of.

Its unreasonable to rename neutron again and imho it will make marvel look bad to try and force it through.


From: Jimmy Akin
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2016 10:46:41 PM
To: openstack-dev at lists.openstack.org
Subject: [openstack-dev] [neutron]: Neutron naming legal issues

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

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.

Jimmy J. Akin,
CIO,        John F. Kennedy Space Center.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neutron_(Marvel_Comics)

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