Wednesday, August 03, 2005

US veterans attack Windows Vista name

They couldn't just say that the Windows Vista name was infringing on their trademark and leave it at that. They had to go and bring in the veterans that gave them their 'freedom' in much needed wars like Vietnam...

One of my favourite quotes:
"The confusion created by Microsoft and its choice of the word 'Vista' is an affront to the people who take care of our nation's veterans," Barbara Boykin, chairman of the VistA Software Alliance

In other words, 'give us pity, we make money off your old soldiers'... - US veterans attack Windows Vista name


Tom said...

I think this is a non-issue.

The world of patents and copyrights on names is getting ridiculous.

Vista, last time I checked, is a word in common use in English.

I guess they just want a piece of the pie. Like a celebrity that is prone to sexual harassment lawsuits.

Craig said...

Agreed, very much a non-issue. I think because they know they have no case against Microsoft because the Vista trademark is actually a trademark on 'Windows Vista' not Vista alone.

BTW Tom, you can't copyright or patent a name. Names are protected through trademarks.

A patent is a set of exclusive rights for a device, process or method for a fixed period of time.

A copyright is a set of exclusive rights to regulate the use of a particular form, way or manner in which an idea or information is expressed for a fixed period of time.

A trademark is a distinctive sign of some kind which is used by a business to identify itself and its products and services to consumers, and to set the business and its products or services apart from those of other businesses.