You might also contact the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to see
if they might be willing/able to help:
On 11/22/11 9:10 AM, Jon Gorman wrote:
> Hi Joann,
> Have you considered sending this to some of the tech podcasts? I
> think both the Command-Line podcast (http://thecommandline.net/) and
> Linux Outlaws (http://sixgun.org/linuxoutlaws/) would be great
> audiences and receptive to this story.
> I'm a regular listener of both and if you want me to contact them so
> they would get it from a a regular listener who I'd be more than happy
> to forward your message with some personal notes. (And the paypal
> link too ;) ).
> Jon Gorman
> On Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 6:51 PM, Joann Ransom<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Horowhenua Library Trust is the birth place of Koha and the longest serving
>> member of the Koha community. Back in 1999 when we were working on Koha,
>> the idea that 12 years later we would be having to write an email like this
>> never crossed our minds. It is with tremendous sadness that we must write
>> this plea for help to you, the other members of the Koha community.
>> The situation we find ourselves in, is that after over a year of battling
>> against it, PTFS/Liblime have managed to have their application for a
>> Trademark on Koha in New Zealand accepted. We now have 3 months to object,
>> but to do so involves lawyers and money. We are a small semi rural Library
>> in New Zealand and have no cash spare
>> in our operational budget to afford this, but we do feel it is something we
>> must fight.
>> For the library that invented Koha to now have to have a legal battle to
>> prevent a US company trademarking the word in NZ seems bizarre, butit is at
>> this point that we find ourselves.
>> So, we ask you, the users and developers of Koha, from the birth place of
>> Koha, please if you can help in anyway, let us know.
>> Background reading:
>> - Code4Lib article<http://journal.code4lib.org/articles/1638>: How hard
>> can it be : developing in Open Source [history of the development of Koha]
>> by Joann Ransom and Chris Cormack.
>> - Timeline<http://koha-community.org/about/history/> of Koha
>> - Koha history visualization<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl1a2VN_pec>
>> Help us
>> If you would like to help us fund legal costs please use the paypal donate
>> button below.
>> Otherwise, any discussion, public support and ideas on how to proceed would
>> be gratefully received.
>> Joann Ransom RLIANZA
>> Head of Libraries,
>> Horowhenua Library Trust.
Shaun D. Ellis
Digital Library Interface Developer
Firestone Library, Princeton University
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