[legal-discuss] Legal Concerns Over Project Names

Jonathan Bryce jonathan at openstack.org
Wed Jun 19 23:12:43 UTC 2013

The basic process has been the same for all of the projects. The PTL coordinates with the project's developers to provide a list of potential names. The Foundation staff works with counsel to review and vet and makes a recommendation back to the PTL. The PTL then works with the project team to make the final choice and then works with the CI team to implement the name change across systems.


On Jun 19, 2013, at 11:58 AM, Richard Fontana <rfontana at redhat.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 19, 2013 at 11:37:50AM -0500, Jonathan Bryce wrote:
>> On Jun 19, 2013, at 5:09 AM, Mark McLoughlin <markmc at redhat.com> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> It's become pretty apparent that we need good guidance for people on
>>> this issue:
>>> https://wiki.openstack.org/wiki/LegalIssuesFAQ#Legal_Concerns_Over_Project_Names
>>> I'm reluctant to attempt to draft any such guidance, but I assume it at
>>> least begins with "talk to the project's PTL privately and don't raise
>>> the issue on a public forum".
>> The Foundation staff should be brought in as well. First contact could be either PTL or a Foundation staff member, but both need to be involved.
> What process (if there is one single one) is in place today to deal
> with project name changes? I was looking at openstack-dev archives for
> this month and I see three references to project renaming. In one case
> it appears that the Foundation's lawyers approved 'Trove' (and that
> such approval is considered authoritative), but it is not clear who
> was responsible for what in the other two cases.
> - RF

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