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Possible Violation of Copyright buy 3rd party developer

James Weil
A 3rd party developer, Menial Software ([hidden email] <mailto:[hidden email]>.,https://menial.co.uk/base/ <https://menial.co.uk/base/>) is marketing a commercial SQLite database for the Mac as a commercial product and has named it ‘Base’. This can be at the least, potentially confusion to users of your free database product, supported by donations, in OpenOffice and LibreOffice given it is the same name. I have invited the developer to consider changing the name be they have expressed no interest in doing so. As such I personally consider this to be predatory marketing.

Should this be a violation of your or Oracle’s copyright I would urge you to pursue this matter, both to protect your copyrights and to reduce confusion in the database application arena.

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James Weil
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Re: Possible Violation of Copyright buy 3rd party developer

Fernando Cassia
On Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 19:47 James Weil <[hidden email]> wrote:

> A 3rd party developer, Menial Software ([hidden email] <mailto:
> [hidden email]>.,https://menial.co.uk/base/ <https://menial.co.uk/base/>)
> is marketing a commercial SQLite database for the Mac as a commercial
> product and has named it ‘Base’. This can be at the least, potentially
> confusion to users of your free database product


Aren't you confusing trademarks with copyright?

The is IMHO no copyright infringement unless we are talking about the same
source code being used.

Trademarks, maybe, if someone registered "Base" but it's such a generic
word that I doubt it.

Remember once upon a time the PC/DOS database standard was DBase.

FC

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Re: Possible Violation of Copyright buy 3rd party developer

Drew Jensen
In fact this company seems to think it has a registered trademark on the
word BASE.
https://www.baseonline.com/about-us.html

That application is not a database front end development system so I
suppose they don't really mind with regards to AOO or LO, that and it is
rare to speak of Base as something separate, it is a module of Apache
OpenOffice.

Best wishes,

Drew

On Sun, Feb 23, 2020 at 7:40 PM Fernando Cassia <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Sun, Feb 23, 2020, 19:47 James Weil <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> > A 3rd party developer, Menial Software ([hidden email] <mailto:
> > [hidden email]>.,https://menial.co.uk/base/ <
> https://menial.co.uk/base/>)
> > is marketing a commercial SQLite database for the Mac as a commercial
> > product and has named it ‘Base’. This can be at the least, potentially
> > confusion to users of your free database product
>
>
> Aren't you confusing trademarks with copyright?
>
> The is IMHO no copyright infringement unless we are talking about the same
> source code being used.
>
> Trademarks, maybe, if someone registered "Base" but it's such a generic
> word that I doubt it.
>
> Remember once upon a time the PC/DOS database standard was DBase.
>
> FC
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> >
> >
>