Canonical and the Cease and Desist Letter
November 9, 2013 25 Comments
Recently Canonical sent a cease and desist letter to Micah Lee and he responded by having a lawyer respond and compromised by taking down the logo and adding a disclaimer to his site. I do not wish to take sides in the current battle about who was right and who was wrong; that is simply not what I find important. I understand that Canonical feels they have to protect the trademark of Ubuntu. I also understand that many feel that the community and not Canonical should be the guardian of that trademark. I find some of the ‘flame posts’ in this argument out of line and inappropriate.
Here are some samples:
I find it odd that people who so valiantly claim to be ‘good’ people protecting the ‘free software’ community would engage in such inflammatory comments. Is Canonical perfect? No. What I have personally experienced is a company trying to find a way to become profitable while maintaining open source ideals. I remember another company that did this and they turned to a model that required users to pay to use their software. The source code was released under GNU, but if you wanted to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux you had to purchase it. At the time the move was not popular with many Linux users, but it worked for them and I believe many people are happy with Red Hat as an open source company.
Offering antagonizing inflammatory posts is not the best way to help Canonical become successful and maintain its commitment to open source ideals. I would love to see people with this passion engage in a positive constructive manner with Canonical and the Ubuntu Community. I have three children and when they throw tantrums I have a hard time taking their concerns seriously until they calm down. I cases like this I pay close attention to the people that post intelligent level headed comments.