lol so after talking about protecting intellectual property.....today I'm here arguing for the other side.
So a couple of days ago an email flurry started on the Asterisk list about Google blocking any keyword purchases for Asterisk and Digium trademarks.
If you haven't heard of Asterisk the open source software search for it in the top left field of this blog as I've posted about it a number of times.
Basically Digium is saying they are just asserting their trademark, but this is preventing their customers (the people who sell their services) from buying advertisements on Google.
You can check out Mohe's blog for more detailed information http://flatplanetphone.com/wordpress/?p=450
What does this mean? I don't know but if you are building an open source community and you rely on other people to help spread the word I don't know if this is the best tactic.
I guess some people are going to jump to outburst that this is the beginning of the end and what happens when open source communities get taken over by 'commercial minds' (btw did you see the mysql acquisition by Sun today) - but I think this is just a temporary 'mistake' and like all things 'life is a pendulum' Digium will work it out eventually.