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Subject:Changing trademarks (was UNIX vs. Unix) From:Karen Farrell <kfarrell -at- GXT -dot- COM> Date:Wed, 5 May 1999 09:29:40 -0500
<snip from billm -at- EICON -dot- COM>
It seems to me that the lowercase Unix is entrenched as a generic term
while the uppercase UNIX is used when talking about specific systems.
Can this be the case or am I missing something? For e.g., if I write:
"Linux is a Unix clone"
I'm within my rights to use lowercase. But if I write:
"If you are using the Digital UNIX system..."
You would be obliged to use uppercase UNIX.
I know of some companies that use Unix as their style for just this
reason; however, I still beleive it's wrong. It's like writing about
imported vehicles and generically calling them hondas, only using the
initial cap, Honda, when writing about a specific Honda car.
I realize that the history of UNIX systems is fuzzy at best and the
trademark has changed hands a few times, but it is still a trademark.
I'm no legal expert, but if you have a trademark, and you let people use
it incorrectly, you can lose it.
I play it safe on this one and always use UNIX. (It also keeps our UNIX
freaks happy--no easy task!)