[Foundation] JSF == Jabber Standards Foundation?

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at jabber.org
Fri May 23 16:41:56 CDT 2003

On Fri, May 23, 2003 at 02:25:40PM -0700, Iain Shigeoka wrote:

> I think JINC has done a great job with the community and keeping things 
> open and as fair as possible. But let's face it, when the Jabber 
> community sold "Jabber" to Webb, they sold it, name and all. Read the 
> copyright at the bottom of the jabber.com website "Jabber (r) is a 
> registered trademark of Jabber Inc. All Rights Reserved." It doesn't 
> get any plainer than that. :)

Seems it's time for another history lesson. The Jabber community never
sold "Jabber" to Webb. A company called Oquirrh Technologies owned the 
rights to jabber.com and the use of the term "Jabber" in the context of
the software industry. The Jabber community was in all likelihood in
violation of those claims (yes, I suppose we could have changed it to
"blather" at that point). Webb bought out Oquirrh's rights including the
jabber.com domain. Should it have donated the TM to the community at
that point? Maybe, maybe not -- but there really wasn't much of a
community to manage it at that point, just a loose confederation of
open-source developers.


Peter Saint-Andre
Jabber Software Foundation

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