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    SubjectRe: Never ever use word BitKeeper if Larry does not like you
    > > Check with your lawyers again, since Red Hat has posted in the past that 
    > > 'similar' namings would be chased after. I think the example they used was
    > > 'Pink Fedora'.
    > Having a product name "confusingly similar" to another one _is_ grounds
    > for trademark action. See Lindows, Mobilix etc. (And yes, of course,
    > it's a very subjective thing in many cases.)
    > But simply comparing one product to another is not the same.
    > I'd expect using a name like "BitBucket" to be much more at risk of
    > being a trademark infringement than merely claiming that a project "aims
    > to be BitKeeper compatible" or "can read BitKeeper repositories."

    But it can't read BK repositories in many cases. We support compressed
    repositories, it can't read those. We support many corner cases which
    SCCS didn't handle, it can't read those. It can't reproduce all of the
    extensions that we have added. In other words, saying what Pavel has
    is like BitKeeper is like saying cat is like Word because they both read
    data off of disk.

    That's the whole point. If we sit back and let people think that he has
    something remotely similar to BK, it devalues BitKeeper in the mind of
    those people. Since this is a very complex system with lots of subtle
    features, people easily get confused. What Pavel has doesn't approach
    the functionality of CVS, let alone BitKeeper, yet he is describing it
    as a BitKeeper clone. If we allow that, we're just shooting our brand
    name dead.

    It's amusing, perhaps, to relate that we have been on the other side
    of this debate in the past. We used to have a section in our comparisons
    on ClearCase and we said that CC was no longer actively developed. The
    Rational lawyers kicked up a fuss, their view was different. We had
    said that because the product is basically done, it isn't rapidly evolving
    the way a young product does, it's done. But they do port it to new
    platforms and bug fix it and their (valid) position was that it was
    actively developed. We promptly fixed the web page, they signed off
    the existing page, no fuss, no muss.
    Larry McVoy lm at
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