Is the word "Python" copyrighted/trademarked?
mstenner at phy.duke.edu
Tue Oct 1 22:40:37 CEST 2002
On Tue, Oct 01, 2002 at 03:12:32PM -0500, sismex01 at hebmex.com wrote:
> > From: Troels Therkelsen [mailto:t_therkelsen at hotmail.com]
> > Hey everybody,
> > My question is whether the word "Python" classifies as a PSF
> > trademark or trade name? Eg., if I wanted to create a web
> > server in Python (not that I want to), could I call it
> > "Python Web Server" without breaking any rules?
> Hmmm... "Python" is the name of a snake, and it's also
> a common english word; I don't think it can be copyrighted.
> ¿Can it?
Copyright? No. Trademark? Probably. Trademarking is specific to a
market. For example, even if it is trademarked in this case, I could
still certainly manufacture and sell a "Python" bike pump.
For example, "Windows" is trademarked by Microsoft. That is in more
common usage than "python" and also refers to a common object.
(Actually, windows isn't a great example because "window" IS common
also in the "close that popup window" sense. Just ignore that here.
The "there's a draft" sense is not problematic.)
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