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Python Trademark Filer Ignorant of Python?

Soulskill posted about a year and a half ago | from the everybody-makes-mistakes dept.

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WebMink writes "Is it possible that the CEO of the company that's trying to file a trademark on 'Python' was unaware of Python's importance as a programming technology? That's what he claims — despite running a hosting company that's trying to break into cloud computing, where Python is used extensively. Still, he also regards the Python Software Foundation as a hostile American company and thinks that getting attention from half the world's geeks is a DDoS. From the article: '[The CEO, Tim Poultney,] confirmed that he'd not involved any technical staff in the decisions he'd made about the Python product brand, and told me he regretted that as it would probably have helped him understand the likely reaction to his trademark challenge. ... He said he now understood how offended the global developer community are and told me there was obviously only one outcome that was now possible.'"

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261 comments

No, that is not possible (1)

voxra (68079) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951135)

nft

Next, Perl ? (3, Funny)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951315)

Anyone preparing to start a new company and name it "Perl" ?

Re:Next, Perl ? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951687)

Anyone preparing to start a new company and name it "Perl" ?

Perl can do anything Python can do!

Re:No, that is not possible (4, Informative)

number11 (129686) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951597)

That's what happens when you let the suits run the companies.

Re:No, that is not possible (5, Insightful)

dbIII (701233) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951641)

It's what happens when the suits are a clueless new nobility chosen due to who they are related to instead of some proven ability to run a large organisation.

Re:No, that is not possible (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951879)

No...no...the parent is absolutely correct. Suits are only interested in the bottom line, not the goodwill of the costumers, nor any one else.

Re:No, that is not possible (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951963)

Damn auto-correct in voice recognition....I meant "customers"..

Re:No, that is not possible (1)

Macgrrl (762836) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951991)

Costumers are a pretty difficult to please group in general, it's not really that much of a reach.

Re:No, that is not possible (4, Insightful)

Grishnakh (216268) | about a year and a half ago | (#42952095)

I'm not so sure about this. If you were running a corporation and only cared about the bottom line, the last thing you'd do is choose a high-risk action like getting into a trademark fight that you're not likely to win because you're trying to steal a trademark from an organization that's been using that same name for a long time and is in wide global usage by an extremely large number of people (developers), and which name is extremely well-known in the It industry. A true smart sociopath would not do such a thing. Only a clueless moron (possibly still a sociopath, but not a smart one), probably one who got his job solely because of his frat-buddy connections, would do something this dumb.

Resignation? (2)

similar_name (1164087) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951155)

... He said he now understood how offended the global developer community are and told me there was obviously only one outcome that was now possible.'"

Resignation?

Re:Resignation? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951279)

seppuku

Re:Resignation? (1)

Arkham (10779) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951887)

seppuku

How can this comment not get modded up? I actually laughed.

Re:Resignation? (5, Funny)

mysidia (191772) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951409)

Renaming his company to some unique name that others couldn't possibly have thought of, like oh... Apache, or Turbo Gears

Re:Resignation? (1)

mabhatter654 (561290) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951575)

Snakes on a Plane!

They could be Pythons....

Re:Resignation? (2)

ankhank (756164) | about a year and a half ago | (#42952027)

I heard the Internet is a series of tubes traversed by snakes carrying messages.

Re:Resignation? (4, Funny)

arth1 (260657) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951659)

I was thinking that he could shorten Pobox Hosting Provider to PHP.

It's not like he hasn't used abbreviations before - the company was formerly known as PIS.

Re:Resignation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951909)

I was going to suggest "Boa", but: http://boa-constructor.sourceforge.net/

Re:Resignation? (1)

ozmanjusri (601766) | about a year and a half ago | (#42952061)

iApple?

Re:Resignation? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951435)

... He said he now understood how offended the global developer community are and told me there was obviously only one outcome that was now possible.'"

Resignation?

Sue EVERYONE, with the inevitable end result of infinite monies forever. Clearly.

Re:Resignation? (5, Funny)

lister king of smeg (2481612) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951763)

... He said he now understood how offended the global developer community are and told me there was obviously only one outcome that was now possible.'"

Resignation?

Sue EVERYONE, with the inevitable end result of infinite monies forever. Clearly.

who let the CEO of SCO on here.

Re:Resignation? (5, Funny)

Concerned Onlooker (473481) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951541)

Clearly it would be a big foot coming down from the sky to flatten him.

Re:Resignation? (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951627)

Clearly it would be a big foot coming down from the sky to flatten him.

Or a winged python?

Company lacks credibility (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951157)

As a young wannabe programmer, I feel that this company has to be pretty clueless to be in the computing business and not know about one of the most popular programming languages today. The fact that it uses the largely meaningless and sensationalistic "cloud computing" buzzword also harms its credibility.

Re:Company lacks credibility (4, Insightful)

nametaken (610866) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951221)

The fact that it uses the largely meaningless and sensationalistic "cloud computing" buzzword also harms its credibility.

That's a hard case to make nowadays, whether we like it or not. Not having heard of Python is ridiculous though.

Re:Company lacks credibility (5, Insightful)

cbhacking (979169) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951257)

Much though I despise the term, "cloud computing" is not meaningless or even sensationalistic, and there are some very big companies who have built their success on cloud computing. It is, perhaps, over-hyped and watered down, and it's undeniably a buzzword. It's also pretty misunderstood, as you yourself are evidence of (the basic concept is simply "hosted computing services"). However, to say you think a company lacks credibility because they speak of cloud computing is, frankly, idiotic.

The first part of your post makes sense, though. I could understand a company that wasn't deeply involved with computer software might not be aware of a programming language, even a common one, although you'd think they might make at least a trivial web search. However, for a software-focused company to be unaware of Python's importance is, frankly, unbelievable. This guy is just trying to pull whatever damage control he can.

Re:Company lacks credibility (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951637)

While "in the cloud" is fairly retarded. There is a very good concept of what cloud computing is and what it is useful for. It isn't the be all, end all tech.

Cloud computing is a buzz term to a good extent that will get tacked on to everything because it is hip and current, and at the same time it is a real concept applicable to some things.

Re:Company lacks credibility (4, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951757)

Ironically, you misdescribed cloud computing. It's pay as you go hosted clustered computing services. Each of these things has been around and many combinations of these things have been tried before, and really most scientific computing had become like this before anyone was calling it cloud computing.

Re:Company lacks credibility (5, Funny)

TENTH SHOW JAM (599239) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951405)

Never knock cloud computing. Whilst I am thinking through strategies to crack problems I will often stare at the clouds out my window. This is neither meaningless nor sensationalist.

The nice thing about cloud computing is you can do it anywhere where you have a clear view of the sky. It can sometimes work with just photographs of the sky.

Re:Company lacks credibility (1)

arth1 (260657) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951703)

The nice thing about cloud computing is you can do it anywhere where you have a clear view of the sky.

Not necessarily. Some places, you won't see a cloud at all for most of the year. Death Valley and Bouvet Island being two examples. Beijing being another.

only one outcome that was now possible. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951159)

reconverting his company to something not computers related ?

Re:only one outcome that was now possible. (4, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951323)

If didn't know about python, then the company wasn't about computers anyway, probably they assumed that computers were just fancy furniture.

Hanlon's razor (5, Insightful)

MCROnline (1027312) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951165)

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Re:Hanlon's razor (1)

dohmp (13306) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951379)

Came here to say *exactly* this, good sir or madam!

Re:Hanlon's razor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951565)

Problem is that this is so incredulous that it's not adequately explained by stupidity.

More realistically, (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951599)

Folly is the cloak of knavery

Re:Hanlon's razor (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951857)

Damn it, where's the "like" button? I guess I should log in someday so that I'll start getting mod points again... But it's such a hassle to type my name and password once every few months.

Re:Hanlon's razor (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951863)

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

-Napoleon

One outcome possible? (4, Funny)

mark-t (151149) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951177)

The article seems to end on a cliffhanger. What outcome is the article writer referring to? There are many that spring to mind.

Re:One outcome possible? (4, Funny)

hawguy (1600213) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951225)

The article seems to end on a cliffhanger. What outcome is the article writer referring to? There are many that spring to mind.

Obviously the Python Software Foundation should rename the language after a lesser known snake. Maybe Mamusi or Atractaspis.

Re:One outcome possible? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951417)

Surely you don't actually believe Python is named after a snake _

Re: One outcome possible? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951689)

They could name it after an asp.

Re:One outcome possible? (1)

BrokenHalo (565198) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951761)

I've occasionally thought about forking Python just to call it Boomslang...

Re:One outcome possible? (3, Informative)

Jane_Dozey (759010) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951935)

Adder [wikipedia.org] would be a more appropriate substitution, surely.

Re:One outcome possible? (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951983)

If only they were named after a snake... renaming it to Bean may be more appropriate. Just no idea what to do with all the spam and eggs references in the documentation, in such a situation.

Re:One outcome possible? (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | about a year and a half ago | (#42952025)

They should rename it to something actually related to the current name, like Monty.

Re:One outcome possible? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951313)

He said he now understood how offended the global developer community are and told me there was obviously only one outcome that was now possible. He then removed a automatic pistol which had been concealed beneath his desk, held it under his chin and stared into oblivion. "Tell my children I love them... and that I am sorry", he muttered before squeezing the trigger.

Well maybe not... it just seemed such a dramatic thing to say.

Re:One outcome possible? (1, Funny)

dgatwood (11270) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951397)

Obligatory xkcd [xkcd.com] .

Re:One outcome possible? (1)

chartreuse (16508) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951651)

If only I had mod points. Thanks for the laugh.

Crystal Clear example.. (1)

zzottt (629458) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951197)

This is a crystal clear example of CEO arrogance

Re:Crystal Clear example.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42952057)

Not just CEOs, in general people are just stupid when it comes to anything tech. I get it all the time, utter a real tech word in simple enough context for a child to pick up on. Everyone's brains shut off, the words "flux capacitor" come across, and instead of even trying to invest that ounce of intellect it takes to decode the context they are laughing as if they won some kind of argument. It's both hilarious and frustrating at the same time.

How to not make a high-profile company (5, Insightful)

LesFerg (452838) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951199)

If I was registering a new company, the last thing I would want to give my company or servers etc is a name that already pulls up millions of pages in a simple web search.
It just sounds like somebody was clueless and doesn't even know how people find services on the internet these days.

Re:How to not make a high-profile company (1)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951239)

with enough adwords dollars, he could still dominate that keyword.

Re:How to not make a high-profile company (2)

Nyder (754090) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951247)

If I was registering a new company, the last thing I would want to give my company or servers etc is a name that already pulls up millions of pages in a simple web search.
It just sounds like somebody was clueless and doesn't even know how people find services on the internet these days.

Clueless management? Clueless CEO? Tell me it isn't so!

Re:How to not make a high-profile company (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951329)

Well it looks like he gained quite a bit of publicity by doing so. So not sure if it's a bad strategy.

Re:How to not make a high-profile company (1)

ganjadude (952775) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951391)

step 1 - use name that is popular
step 2 - make a public outcry claiming stupidity and asking forgiveness
step 3 - change company name, profit!

Seriously? (0, Flamebait)

ADanFromCanada (2809499) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951205)

"Is it possible that the CEO of the company that's trying to file a trademark on 'Python' was unaware of Python's importance as a programming technology?" Really guys? Like you're the fucking center of the universe? 95% of the world has no fucking clue what python the programming language is, nevermind it's "importance"!

Re:Seriously? (4, Funny)

gandhi_2 (1108023) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951251)

No kidding. EVERYONE who's ANYONE knows the Cloud run on Ruby.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951665)

And everyone knows Ruby runs on Rails!

Re:Seriously? (1)

Gr8Apes (679165) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951807)

Right into the hacker's botnet.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951841)

And everyone knows Ruby runs on Rails!

And let's face it, that's a much firmer foundation on which to base a business on than on some wiggly, slimy snake. I mean, even if the trains didn't crush the python, they'd just slide off of it!

Re:Seriously? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951277)

Python may not be at the center of the universe, but if your company sells Cloud computing products, it is pretty damn close.

It is the equivalent of knowing how to speak English but being unaware that there is a geographic area called England.

Re:Seriously? (4, Funny)

GigaplexNZ (1233886) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951653)

It is the equivalent of knowing how to speak English but being unaware that there is a geographic area called England.

So, a not-so-insignificant portion of America?

Re:Seriously? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951769)

So, a not-so-insignificant portion of America?

I think virtually Americans know there is a geographic area called England, but I also think many of them would be hard-pressed to point to it on a map with labels. We learn to mock England in elementary school, or I did anyway.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951285)

But this isn't 95% of the population, it's a company trying to break into cloud computing. I realize you don't have to be an area expert to be CEO, but I'd expect them to have googled what you're trying to sell once or twice.

Re:Seriously? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951307)

Dude, you're an idiot.

If you google the word "python" THE TOP FOUR HITS ARE ALL ABOUT THE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE. After that, we have one Wikipedia article on the snake, and then FOUR MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGE.

You're telling me you wouldn't even google the fucking name of a trademark you're going to use just to see what else comes up?!!?

When eight of the top nine results for a one-word search of your proposed trademark ALL refer to ONE thing ... maybe you should look into it.

Re:Seriously? (1)

mark-t (151149) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951387)

Google Search had only just launched in September 1997, and this guy initially started using the term as far back as that.

Of course, Python existed as a programming language for an additional 6 years before that, so really, this is just about somebody not doing a little bit of homework.

Re:Seriously? (1)

cbhacking (979169) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951509)

There were search engines before Google. Lycos was even pretty decent by pre-Google standards; other people had other preferences.

No, I don't know how well-known Python (the language) was back then, and I don't know whether ordinary people would have thought "I should do a web search on that" in those days, but I'm pretty sure the information would have been available. Hell, when was python.org registered? The copyright notice at the bottom begins with 1990.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951683)

Altavista - die heretic!

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951885)

But no one used it at that time because people were still interested in using useful languages instead of picking languages just because they were the new cool thing. /glances in Ruby's general direction

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951325)

I've toyed with getting a business name a few times. And with pretty well any name that I come up with my first move was to ask, I wonder what will come up if I Google this. For someone running an internet business to not google a name they want to patent is absurd. The man claims he's been running online businesses for 15 years, you'd think he'd have learned at least a little about using the internet in that time.

Re:Seriously? (1)

nebulus4 (799015) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951335)

If you are part of IT world and never heard of Python, then God help your company. No, seriously.

Not 95% of hosting companies (2, Insightful)

betterunixthanunix (980855) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951633)

If a person who runs a hosting company is not even familiar with a major programming language that is widely used for web development, his credibility is seriously questionable. It is the equivalent of a car dealership whose owner has never heard of Ferrari.

Re:Not 95% of hosting companies (3, Interesting)

Psychotria (953670) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951825)

Nah it's more like the owner of a car dealership who has never heard of a camshaft.

Re:Seriously? (1)

wvmarle (1070040) | about a year and a half ago | (#42952011)

If I were to register a trademark for my new company, during the process of making up a name, the first thing I'd do is to use it as search query in Google to see if anyone may be using it. Wikipedia's entry on nr. 10 is the first that's not about the programming language.

So even if he didn't know about the programming language, it seems he hasn't done any research at all on the current use of the name, and whether there are any clashes with their intended use of the brand.

Mind that it is no problem to have two or more companies using the same trademark, as long as they are in separate markets (either geographically or different product range - think e.g. the iPhone mobile phone brand in Brazil, and Apple Music vs. Apple Computer).

do it (4, Funny)

ewertz (1191025) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951245)

Suicide would be the only honorable thing to do at this point. By reptilian strangulation would be appropriate.

The Real WTF (4, Insightful)

TheSpoom (715771) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951253)

[The CEO, Tim Poultney,] confirmed that he'd not involved any technical staff in the decisions he'd made about the Python product brand

Seriously? I know a lot of CEOs have more branding experience than many developers but making single-minded decisions about your company's future, with no input from those who are likely to be affected most by those decisions, does not sound like the thinking of a leader.

Re:The Real WTF (2)

mysidia (191772) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951443)

The more people involved; the greater the cost of making the decision. Branding is mostly a marketing thing, so they probably involved the marketing department, but not engineering.

What legitimate reason would there be to go ask Engineers to approve a marketing decision, wasting their time and energy? The CEO probably didn't think of one, so he didn't ask... it probably would have been fine, if the proper research had been done -- you don't need an engineer to identify Python as a bad name, you need maybe 15 minutes with Google:)

Re:The Real WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951847)

Why do I get the feeling the engineers are going to get blamed for this anyway?

Re:The Real WTF (1)

fermion (181285) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951719)

If a CEO cannot, does not, Google the name of the company, this is a severe lack of due diligence. I do not see how they got funding without looking at branding and the indirect competition the branding might cause.

Look at the Apple Store situation [slashdot.org] . Think about SEO and how difficult it is going to be to get a the top of a page.The security company that is 30 years old isn't on the top of the page in my browser. And the snake is on the second page. Again, who is going to invest with SEO challenges like that?

Unless they planned to put forth the cash to decimate the indirect competition.

Re:The Real WTF (1)

bloodhawk (813939) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951923)

IT staff are generally not affected by the branding one way or the other and it would be an incredibly rare occurrence for them to ever be involved. Even in this instance the IT staff are not affected by the branding, they just would have been able to advise on how bad a branding choice it was.

Re:The Real WTF (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42952047)

PHB. Need I say moreN?

Patiently awaiting his definition of obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951331)

Also, remembering a strange controversy around the definition of 'is'...

There's only one outcome that is now possible (4, Funny)

steveha (103154) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951369)

CEO, Tim Poultney: All right, we'll call it a draw.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKhEw7nD9C4 [youtube.com]

Anyone remember the theos-software.com debacle? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951441)

And the attempted hijacking of theos.com (Theo de Raadt's website) by 'Theos Software'.....maker of the uber-popular Corona OS?

Re:Anyone remember the theos-software.com debacle? (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951767)

Not every /. reader knew / knows / was-interested / cared about OpenBSD back then but the back story is quite interesting:

http://www.theos.com/dispute.html [theos.com]

It could be more than PR (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951445)

Willfulness is a term of art in law that one may wish to avoid having applied to ones actions.

RUpy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951447)

If only someone would make a ruby python hybrid, name it RUpy and instead of a ruby gem for the logo we could sport one of green rupies from The Legend of Zelda.

An attorney is ignorant (1)

Skapare (16644) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951481)

An attorney is ignorant. No news here. Move along.

More evidence that CEOs aren't human... (1)

runeghost (2509522) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951491)

and instead should be legally and scientifically classified as some sort of vermin.

Python compiler (2)

White Flame (1074973) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951493)

The Python compiler is the native code compiler used in (likely) the most popular Common Lisp implementation on the planet, SBCL. It was originally part of CMUCL, which SBCL initially forked from, and predated "that other scripting language".

It's not that hard to coexist with conflicting names, if you're not an idiot. Obviously, that's not the case with this CEO, and Tim Poultney's name will be linked to this asinine attempt at overreach for the foreseeable future.

Re:Python compiler (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951949)

please don't use popular and Lisp in the same sentence!

Wow! Sign me up! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951589)

A company this braindead clueless about the computing world and programming is exactly who i want managing my cloud services!

What could go wrong with having such completely inept people in charge of my data resources!

Tim poultney shouldn't be allowed to touch any company even related to computers after this... it's far too stupid a mistake.

Welcome to capitalism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951697)

"Is it possible that the CEO of the company that's trying to file a trademark on 'Python' was unaware of Python's importance as a programming technology?"

Welcome back from the cryostasis. It is my duty to inform you, that you ware unfortunate enough to be woken up in the age of capitalism, where money dictates EVERYTHING, without exceptions. You don't need to know anything about anything, unless that knowledge brings revenue. Have fun and try not to starve to death as the next stage in the evolution of human civilisation is quite a long way off...

PS. Captcha = "control"...

wait wait hold up... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951737)

a clueless prick who runs a web hosting company?

In all seriousness, this guy knows exactly what he's doing. He's trying to trademark "python" so other hosting companies can't advertise support for python. I hate the hosting business, I've been trying to get out of it for 10 years.

Better Yet (1)

Murdoch5 (1563847) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951877)

Why didn't the Python foundation just trademark first? Whats clearly happening is that the foundation is crying home to mommy because they waited on getting the trademark, well to bad, you lost deal with it.

Re:Better Yet (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951979)

Why didn't the Python foundation just trademark first? Whats clearly happening is that the foundation is crying home to mommy because they waited on getting the trademark, well to bad, you lost deal with it.

My understanding is:

a) It is trademarked... in the US, but this is Europe. So it's not like nobody thought of it.

b) Trademarking costs money and the Python foundation doesn't have much. My understanding is this has been on their TODO list for years.

c) My understanding is, similar to copyright, you don't have to officially register your trademark. Just using it is good enough, well, until someone else registers your trademark and then you have to prove you were using it first.

Re:Better Yet (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#42951981)

Except that's not how trademarks work. It isn't first to file, heck it isn't even for the company's benefit that trademark exists. It only exists for consumer protection. So that the consumer can be confident that the trademark means what they think it means. That's why it is relatively domain specific, since there's less chance of confusion.

he's right (1)

ThorGod (456163) | about a year and a half ago | (#42951943)

We do want him off the internet and it is a DDoS.

What a piece of...

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