A trademark battle has erupted following a company’s bid to stake a Europe-wide claim to the name "Python" - that of many devs’ favourite scripting language. The Python Software Foundation has said it’s wrestling UK-based web host Veber for its own name after the company informed the software people it was applying for Community …
" ... the alphabet sues everyone?"
- entirely possible: http://www.alphabet.com/
this is a joke right?
I suspect this is a (really, really ill advised) publicity stunt to get the name of their shitty hosting service up the Google rankings. If it isn't, then these people are insane if they think they can succeed with so much prior use.
And even if they do, what's the point when everyone in the I.t. field (their potential customers) assosiates it with the language, not a third rate host?
Striesand effect will probably cost them dearly once word of their seo deception gets round.
I wonder how much Python is used within the Commission itself.
I was going to say if they are loon enough to grant it, I hope someone sends them a large bill for re-write/install with de-branded software that they use internally. Except of course, we still end up paying for it and logic like that never stopped that lot doing anything.
Low Orbit Ion Cannon initiated by looks
Since the website linked is currently down, it seems the Low Orbit Ion Cannon has been initialised, all fancy flashing lights are flashing, the big red glowie thing is glowing....and oops.
From Viper point of view - "what you mean the data centre lines are all engaged" as the data centre team, sitting round at a weekend read this news on El Reg and decide to send all calls to /dev/null
Do feel for the Viper tech support bods who'll be fielding calls on Monday.
Oddly Python . co . uk doesn't even seem to be used.
Headline missed? - Veber putting the $queeze on Python?
The "European trademark officials" could just do a quick search for Python in the Amazon books section, or is that too much like hard work?
It's just an intellectual land-grab - are there no laws* against this? [/Rhetorical - don't waste your time.]
Will not be surprised if Veber hurriedly trademark the increasingly popular and likely very productive :
'Piano-wire and Lamp-post'.
*[Use of 'law' is possibly a trademarked word or idea within the EU so fees may be liable - lawyers will decide. The phrase 'law' does not imply 'justice' which probably has tm pending by some ethically worthless bunch of conniving shysters.]
Veber rhymes with Bieber.
Coincidence? YOU DECIDE.
If Verber wins, I'd suggest any right thinking OT pro will want to boycott them. The Python founddation can then pick up the trademark for cheap from the Official Receivers
But trademark law doesn't work like that!
"It would prevent anybody else from using the word “Python” in goods, packaging, services, or in business papers and advertising without Veber’s express consent."
This is simply not true. A trademark only applies to specified good and services that must be stated at the time the trademark is applied for. There is nothing to stop you applying for a trademark of (say) Apple as long as your goods/services don't involve computer products or music (remember - Apple records), and probably a few other things. Similarly, a trademark of Python for a computer language is completely separate to a trademark of Python for (say) motorbikes or a chain of estate agents.
It all depends on what the intended use of the trademark is.