[Red5] H.264 codec on Flash player... but not for Red5?
paul at decoursey.net
Thu Aug 23 07:17:21 PDT 2007
I know it was brought up but I don't think it was ever really answered,
but why would Adobe have a problem with the Red5 name? Forgive my
ignorance but I see no connections.
> On 8/21/07, hank williams <hank777 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 1. I am not clear what name you are saying red5 comes close to infringing.
>> 2. If it does, there are no damages without notice. You cannot sue if you
>> ask someone to change the name and they do. Its not like copyright
>> infringement where any infringement creates a statutory liability. Therefore
>> any intelligent open source project would just change its name. This would
>> not be a smart strategy for eliminating open source and I *strongly* doubt
>> red5 is at any risk from this kind of a plan.
> That is precisely my point: knowing that any intelligent OSS project
> would rather change it's name than become entangled in a legal action,
> even a baseless one, Adobe will certainly opt to press that button,
> especially as they can do so anonymously. allowing them, at very
> little financial and zero publicity cost, to inflict a slight set-back
> upon a rival. This sort of incremental strategy is bread and butter
> to Adobe; if you study their history you'll see that they have always
> been far, far more litigious than other large software houses, even
> Just to clarify, I'm not saying that there would be any validity in
> such an action or that it would prevail in court, the point is that it
> doesn't matter, it would never get that far, Adobe knows that.
> Another clarification: this has nothing, zero, zilch to do with the
> technical side of the project, nothing to do with infringing Adobe's
> code or whatever. If the project is forced to drop the name,
> everything will go on just as it has before. The only loss would be a
> drop in public awareness and, if it happens after 1.0, a slight loss
> of credibility - names changes are fine while you're still in beta
> but, after that, it sends a very mixed message.
> Again, it's just a name we're talking about, not a huge deal,
> certainly nowhere near as important as the apparent technical changes
> - things like branding and public awareness are rarely a priority for
> OSS projects and quite rightly so. I only brought it up because it's
> worth knowing what is actually happening when these bolts from the
> blue hit.
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