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SubjectRe: Devlinks. Code. (Dcache abuse?)
On Monday 19 November 2001 06:21, Neil Brown wrote:
> On Monday November 19, wrote:
> > > I think you missed part of my point.
> > > There are lots of different name spaces in the kernel.
> > > Filesystem names. Driver names. Module names.
> > >
> > > But the namespace that is the current issue, the namespace of
> > > currently available devices, is not a namespace where I would expect
> > > trademarks to ever come up. It is name space of interfaces and
> > > instances.
> >
> > You mean like adaptec/aic7xxx/0 for the first aic7xxx controller when you
> > want to refer to an adaptec card ? And yes - you do need the ability to
> > do that kind of thing, not just talk generically about "disks".
> >
> > So I still seek an answer. "Shrug, probably wont happen" isnt a good
> > one
> I was thinking:
> devid/9005/00cf/0
> Now maybe the numbers can be trade marks too (I always liked "S3"'s id:
> 5333). However this number is extracted from the device in question.

The reason Intel came up with the name "Pentium" is that a judge ruled
they couldn't trademark a number like "386" or "486" to stop AMD from using
it. Just a data point. What the law REALLY says these days is anybody's
guess, and you can be sure somebody's lobbying to make it worse...

The law is a lot like poker: bluffing and wagering more than your opponent
can afford is often more important than what your cards say. The MS
antitrust trial shows how when you stonewall it can take years for any
enforcement action to work its way through the bureaucracy, by which point
the issue is moot. And the RIAA shows how somebody without a leg to stand on
can get a really biased and/or ignorant judge to decide that PI should
henceforth be 3 in all government documents. But if you live your life in
fear of being sued, you can't even go out and buy groceries...

So a vendor THREATENING to sue is normal. Making threats is really cheap.
Actually following through requires spending money and taking a potential
public relations hit that can make it onto yahoo's business report where
investors read it and drive the stock price down, which they'd generally
rather like to avoid. Doesn't mean they won't, but it doesn't mean a form
letter on company letterhead justifies digging a bomb shelter...

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