I don't think that shame is a significant deterrent for a company like
Progressive Technology Federal Systems, Inc., which has taken every
opportunity with Koha to flout the open-source spirit in which it was

Somehow, I think that if they could get a trademark on the term
"cluster bomb", they would go for it.


On Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 11:32 AM, MJ Ray <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Mike Taylor <[log in to unmask]>
>> So your best bet may be to shrug and let them have the old name for
>> their proprietary fork.  Just come up with a new name for the open
>> codebase, let the world know, and move on with doing more useful
>> things -- spending what money you have on coders and cataloguers
>> rather than lawyers.
> Two things which may not be widely known here:
> 1. HLT was the original commissioner and I believe they have been
> using Koha continuously in delivering their library service since
> then.  If they of all people are not allowed to share control of the
> name, then basically no FOSS project name is safe for its users.
> Ever.
> 2. "Koha" means akin to gift.  The irony of trying to trademark that
> word in particular is mindboggling and should shame PTFS in the eyes
> of everyone who likes sharing information - basically all of us who
> are involved with libraries at some level, isn't it?
> So, please give generously to HLT's ratbag-repelling fund.  There
> are wider issues at stake for users and coders for libraries.
> Regards,
> --
> MJ Ray (slef), member of, a for-more-than-profit co-op.
> supporter, web and LMS developer, statistician.
> In My Opinion Only: see
> Available for hire for Koha work

Cary Gordon
The Cherry Hill Company