Re: Trademark usage (was UNIX v. Unix)

Subject: Re: Trademark usage (was UNIX v. Unix)
From: Eric Ray <ejr -at- RAYCOMM -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 06:55:45 -0600

At 09:16 AM 5/7/99 -0700, Shawn Wilson wrote:
>Not ALL the lawyers would be happy. I checked the Open Group's (they own
>UNIX) website that was recommended earlier on this list. They specifically
> Blanket or generic attributions are not acceptable, such as: "All
>trademarks are the property of their respective owners''.
>And I still don't know how to refer to UNIX in our manuals. I can't tell if
>there's been a consensus on this list.

Unless I'm missing something, the consensus needed is between
you and your corporate lawyers. The various opinions of writers
in different circumstances aren't necessarily applicable.

What we did (when writing our commercial UNIX book) was to
send the Open Group's URL to our editor with our comments
and a specific request for legal advice from the responsible
attorneys. Then we just prepared to do a global search and replace
to accommodate the verdict.

Eric (and Deborah)

Eric J. Ray RayComm, Inc. ejray -at- raycomm -dot- com

*Award-winning author of several popular computer books
*Syndicated columnist: Rays on Computing
*Technology Department Editor, _Technical Communication_

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