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    My computer no longer works since i put ubuntu on it...


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    I've had this before, it's actually not bad as colas go. Still got one can unopened as a novelty.

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    Ubuntu is a registered trademark of Canonical Ltd. I'm fairly sure they'd be unhappy about it being used to sell cola...

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Ubuntu is a registered trademark of Canonical Ltd. I'm fairly sure they'd be unhappy about it being used to sell cola...
    There's not much risk of the two being confused now, is there?

    More important what sort of publicity is Canonical going to end up with if they decide to go after a Fairtrade cola, which isn't really competing with them in any way or benefiting from their work (aside from the occasional geeks who might pick up a pack of Ubuntu cola)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    There's not much risk of the two being confused now, is there?

    More important what sort of publicity is Canonical going to end up with if they decide to go after a Fairtrade cola, which isn't really competing with them in any way or benefiting from their work (aside from the occasional geeks who might pick up a pack of Ubuntu cola)?
    I didn't suggest they might do anything about it, but that doesn't mean they can't be unhappy about it...

    Unfortunately, the law says that to keep a trademark registered, you must be seen to be protecting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    I didn't suggest they might do anything about it, but that doesn't mean they can't be unhappy about it...

    Unfortunately, the law says that to keep a trademark registered, you must be seen to be protecting it.
    It also states that trademark infringement occurs when the trademark is identical or similar, and is for products or services which are also identical or similar.

    So, for example, I could release a brand new type of mini-sponge which is especially soft and call it a Microsoft sponge without worrying about trademark infringement - unless Microsoft decided to go into the sponge-making business.

    I don't really see much for them to get upset about here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamesb View Post
    It also states that trademark infringement occurs when the trademark is identical or similar, and is for products or services which are also identical or similar.

    So, for example, I could release a brand new type of mini-sponge which is especially soft and call it a Microsoft sponge without worrying about trademark infringement - unless Microsoft decided to go into the sponge-making business.

    I don't really see much for them to get upset about here.
    Knowing Microsoft, they'd try!

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    According to the Urban Dictionary, ubuntu is also an African phrase meaning "humanity towards others".

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    We shop with Ocado and I'll order this next time to see what it tastes like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    We shop with Ocado and I'll order this next time to see what it tastes like.
    From what I remember it's a little like Pepsi Raw. Quite nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax View Post
    According to the Urban Dictionary, ubuntu is also an African phrase meaning "humanity towards others".
    Or "can't configure Debian"

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    Quote Originally Posted by beeswax View Post
    According to the Urban Dictionary, ubuntu is also an African phrase meaning "humanity towards others".
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy)
    https://help.ubuntu.com/9.04/about-u...untu-name.html

    Yes it meant this long before Canonical hijacked it for their OS. If they tried to sue a judge would throw it out as Cola and Software are not closely related so there is no chance of confusion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    Yes it meant this long before Canonical hijacked it for their OS. If they tried to sue a judge would throw it out as Cola and Software are not closely related so there is no chance of confusion.
    Is that legal advice?

    Canonical produce a wide variety of merchandise, I don't think it's quite so clear-cut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdarrmonkey View Post
    Is that legal advice?

    Canonical produce a wide variety of merchandise, I don't think it's quite so clear-cut.
    Unless they've started producing drinks I think Fairtrade are pretty much safe.

    If they wanted to be really adventurous they could even come to some sort of deal for Fairtrade to promote Ubuntu (sensible enough in a way), and Ubuntu to sell the cola through their site.

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    VW make a Polo and Nestle make Polo's, never any trouble there. And I don't think 'Polo in the Park' is anything to do with cars or mints!

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