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From: David Abrahams (dave_at_[hidden])
Date: 2005-05-29 12:05:27

Loïc Joly <loic.actarus.joly_at_[hidden]> writes:

> David Abrahams a écrit :
>> I don't think we need to do that kind of diligence. If we have heard
>> from someone who we have reasonable confidence works for the company,
>> that should be enough. If a company asks us to, we can always remove
>> mention from the site. I do think it would be wrong to use a logo
>> without special permission from someone in authority, but companies
>> don't have any special right to control information about their use of
>> Boost.
> Well, I'm not sure, but I think that many companies have some very
> strict policies about how their names are used,

In commercial advertising, yes. In general, no. I can write
practically anything I want to about Microsoft, and use their name as
much as I want, without fear of running afoul of their legal rights.

> and even more their logos.

Yes, the logo is a copyrighted image, and can only be reproduced with
the company's permission.

> I use boost at work in my company. But I guess that if I told you to
> use this company name, without checking with the company lawers and
> the communication department, I would get into trouble.

But that's your problem, not Boost's. It's between you and your

> What might happen is that many small companies would agree easily, but
> very few big companies, where administrative stuff is more
> "brazil-like".

One reason not to ask for permission ;-)

> I'm not sure wether seing many name I've never heard of and no known
> name would be good or bad advertising. So I suggest that before
> getting such a page online, it would be good to wait until there are
> enough names, with some well knows ones.

You'll never even get started if you wait for that, IMO.

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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