NeoOffice CD Distribution & Trademark Usage

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Intro text about CD distribution, sales, and trademark (add/refine, including pghs below)

NeoOffice® and NeoOffice®/J are GPL software; you may resell them *provided* you recompile and excise all references to the NeoOffice word mark from the software. The GPL is a copyright grant only. Trademark usage must be negotiated separately.

GPL does not cover trademark usage, only source code copyright. Trademark usage is covered under different laws.

NeoOffice® Trademark Usage Guidelines

NeoOffice is a registered trademark of Edward H. Peterlin within the United States for all goods falling within International Class 9 including but not limited to software and computer software products. This trademark is in effect until 2013 under Section 8 of the Trademark Act of 1946.

GPL does not cover trademark usage, only source code copyright. Trademark usage is covered under different laws.

I [Edward Peterlin] will take whatever legal action is necessary to ensure no one uses the NeoOffice trademark in any way I deem to be unfit. Any usage of the NeoOffice trademark for software that is not directly affiliated with myself is hereby forbidden.

This should also serve as notice that usage of the NeoOffice trademark is hereby granted for any mirroring of the NeoOffice binaries that provides free access for any and all individuals. Usage of the NeoOffice trademark is also granted for personal or non-profit use (e.g. burning CDs to hand out to family/friends, use for installs, handing out CDs at conferences, any non-proifit activity or organization, etc.).

The moment that an exchange of money is involved, usage of the NeoOffice trademark is hereby prohibited unless 100% of gross margins on such sales are donated back to and Planamesa Software.

Definition of Gross Margins

"Gross margin" is the net profit minus cost of goods and services sold. For exmaple, if it costs you $9 to make a CD and you give it away for free, your gross margin is -$9.

My usage of the term "gross margin" is explicit. I am not in any way trying to impinge upon any free usage of the trademark "NeoOffice", in the literal sense of free.

This includes any use of the trademark "NeoOffice" in such a way that it does not directly relate to the sales of software...e.g. listing on freshmeat, including CD inserts with magazines, giving away free CDs at conferences, giving away free CDs of any sort, etc.

CD Distributors

The following community members have volunteered to distribute NeoOffice/J CDs in their respective regions of the world. Some may do so for free, some may do so at cost (cost of CD plus postage), and some may also require a small amount to be donated towards supporting the NeoOffice/J effort.

Region A

  • Person X - contact info [default to PM on trinity?] - terms

Region B

  • Person X - contact info - terms

Other Sources (Magazines, etc.)

  • NeoOffice/J 1.1 RC is on the July 2005 Macworld UK CD [1], and their CDs may also regularly include NeoOffice/J patches.

How do I become a CD Distributor?

  • Include the latest full binary release (i.e. Neo/J 1.1 Release Candidate)
  • Include the latest patch at time of burning (if you burn disk-per-person), as some patches can get large enough to be annoying to dialup users
  • Does the Neo/J source (ca. 1 MB .tar.gz archive) need to be included, too--to satisfy GPL reqs?
  • Language Pack installer for your region, if applicable
  • Localized help content file(s) and installer for your region, if applicable--do the licenses for the help content permit this?
  • Include a Readme file (.rtf or .html) in the root of the CD with the following information:
    I took a first stab at drafting an actual Readme file for distributors to use: neoj_draft_cd_readme.rtf; comments and suggestions encouraged in the CD distribution thread on trinity --sardisson 03:04, 21 May 2005 (CDT)
  • Notify Ed [email, PM on trinity, how?] that you will be in compliance with the NeoOffice® Trademark Useage Guidelines
  • At this point you may choose to add yourself to the list on the wiki (not required)
  • Transfer any profit / "donations" from your distribution activities to and Planamesa Software on a regular basis
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