The “Open Usage Commons” launches

Google has announced the creation of the Open Usage Commons, which is intended to help open-source projects manage their trademarks. From the organization’s own announcement: “We created the Open Usage Commons because free and fair open source trademark use is critical to the long-term sustainability of open source. However, understanding and managing trademarks takes more legal know-how than most project maintainers can do themselves. The Open Usage Commons is therefore dedicated to creating a model where everyone in the open source chain – from project maintainers to downstream users to ecosystem companies – has peace of mind around trademark usage and management. The projects in the Open Usage Commons will receive support specific to trademark protection and management, usage guidelines, and conformance testing.” Initial members include the Angular, Gerrit, and Istio projects.

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