Regarding my previous conversations with Canonical, they responded this:

Hi Ali,

Thanks and I hope you are well too!

Thanks for the additional information. We are looking into it.

This would be an issue of trademark law, the goal of which is to protect consumers from “passing off” (essentially). The test for trademark infringement is whether there would be ‘likelihood of confusion” for the consumer of the goods on which the trademark is used. Copyright has to do with the creation of creative works, the goal of which is to incentivize innovation. The test for infringement has to do with copying without permission (at its heart). Of course, the interplay between trademark and copyright in the realm of free and open source software makes for interesting questions!


Jilayne Lovejoy
Legal Counsel | Canonical
Ubuntu – Linux for Human Beings

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