[Mailman-Users] use of name "mailman"

John Viega John at list.org
Mon Feb 22 23:11:05 CET 1999

Couldn't have said it better myself.

Thanks, Greg...

On Mon, Feb 22, 1999 at 02:03:18PM -0800, Greg Stein wrote:
> John started the software in 1996, I believe, and started using the name
> almost immediately. Endymion didn't release their Mailman software until
> September 1997 (found via DejaNews).
> Strictly speaking, I think if Endymion happended to trademark the name
> (as it relates to computer software since "mailman" is a common word
> otherwise), John's prior use probably would not invalidate their mark. I
> may be mistaken, but I believe prior use only applies to patents, rather
> than trademarks. I bet they would have a difficult time of obtaining a
> trademark on such a term, in any case.
> Anyhow... we could say that Endymion usurped the name :-)
> Cheers,
> -g
> --
> Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/

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