Trademark News & Screw-ups Open-source defenders turn on each other in 'bizarre' trademark fight sparked by GPL fall out

I'm known for saying that worst fights always come from best friendships. The dispute about two factions of what used to be unified open source movement fighting each other is yet another proof of that. This is probably the best article that walks you through the history of the dispute. On another note, I find the words of Bruce Perens, the "grandfather of free software and open source," to be spot on in showing the difference between what open source was supposed to be and what anti-IP advocates have been trying to turn it into. Perens said, "Free Software developers give away a whole lot of rights. Now, you are telling us that's not enough. Having given the world our software on the most liberal of terms, we are not to enforce even that license?" You see, it's never been just about the money. What anti-IP people are really after is your right to control the use of what you had created and your ability to enforce it. It's your control, not your price tag, that they have as their target.

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