Trademark Usage Guidelines

AbiSource Trademarks

AbiSource, AbiWord, AbiCalc, AbiFile, AbiSuite, AbiShow and other AbiSource graphics, logos and service names are trademarks of Dom Lachowicz. These trademarks may not be used in connection with any product or service that is not AbiSource's, in any manner that is likely to cause confusion among customers, or in any manner that disparages or discredits AbiSource.

Trademarks and the GPL

AbiSource software products, such as AbiWord, are copyrighted works released under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). Verbatim copies of such works may be made and distributed, by anyone, in accordance with the terms of the GPL without violating the AbiSource trademarks. The GPL also grants you certain rights to make and distribute derivative works based on the source code to AbiSource products.

The GPL does not grant you any right to use AbiSource trademarks in connection with these derivative works. AbiSource trademarks may not be used in connection with any such derivative works unless that usage is explicitly and specifically licensed, in writing, from Dom Lachowicz.

Personal exemption

As a specific exception, AbiSource freely licenses the use of certain of its trademarks solely in combination with the suffix "Personal" when applied to derivative works based on an AbiSource GPL product. Thus, for example, you are free to use the mark "AbiWord Personal" in connection with derivative works that are based on "AbiWord". To help maintain this distinction, AbiSource releases the sources to its GPL products with Personal-based trademarks.

We are not lawyers

Trademark and copyright issues are, at heart, legal matters. We've tried to keep this explanation as simple and common-sense as possible, but if you have any questions about when and how to use AbiSource trademarks, your best bet is to ask a lawyer. We are not lawyers.

We are not evil

Our goal is very simple. We want to make sure our software stays Open Source, no matter what. That's why we chose the GPL. We also want everyone to know which products are ours. That's why we are so picky about our trademarks.