I'm not sure if I should feel amused or saddened by this
email. I'm not a lawyer, just curious of what would you
be doing in reponse.
The facts this email presents are inaccurate:
1) We don't have any "product" on www.linux.sgi.com
just a free source distribution.
2) His claim is ignoring the fact that "Linux" is
a trademark of Linus Torvalds which may invalidate
any claim to its derivatives by another party.
3) We use "Hard Hat 5.1" as a humorous way to say
it is somewhat unstable release of Red Hat 5.1
in a casual way in one title.
4) We never use the term "Hard Hat Linux".
I guess the question is whether our very innocent and casual
use of the phrase "Hard Hat" in one web page and without any
product connotation constitutes trademark infringement.
:From firstname.lastname@example.org Sat Dec 12 12:23:42 1998
:X-Mailer: QUALCOMM Windows Eudora Light Version 3.0.5 (32)
:Date: Sat, 12 Dec 1998 13:23:36 -0700
:From: Maurice Hilarius <email@example.com>
:Subject: Hard Hat Linux
:Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
:Good day Gentlemen.
:One of our customers pointed us to your webpage:
:We wish to inform you that the names "Hard Hat" and "Hard Hat Linux" are
:copyrighted names and registered trademarks of Hard Data Ltd., Of Edmonton,
:We ask that you please use another name for your project, as we can not
:permit this use of the brand name and trademark "Hard Hat Linux".
:We suspect that this usage was probably not designed to harm our tradmark,
:but we still can not permit it to be used, especially without our express
:If there are any questions please contact Maurice Hilarius of Hard Data
:Ltd. at the address and/or telphone numbers listed in the signature (below).
: Maurice W. Hilarius Telephone: 01-403-414-9319
: Hard Data Ltd. **FAX: 01-403-456-1510
: 11060 - 166 Avenue email:firstname.lastname@example.org
: Edmonton, AB, Canada - T5X 1Y3 http://www.harddata.com