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06 October 2009, 14:54

Report: OSI corporate status suspended

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OSI logo A report from the 451 Group's analysts has revealed that the Open Source Initiative has had it's corporate status suspended by the Californian authorities. According to OSI President Michael Tiemann, the organisation has been unable to get "our paperwork to the state in time" and so the authorities have suspended the OSI's corporate status. Tiemann adds he believes this will have a "minimal effect on our mission".

However the 451 Group's Matthew Aslett points out that suspension also involves losing the right to do business, or exercise legal powers in California. This could in turn mean that the OSI would be unable to enforce it's trademarks "OSI", "Open Source Initiative" and the groups logo. Aslett notes that although the OSI does not hold a trademark on the term "open source" in the past it has been able to discourage the used of the term with software which is not under an OSI approved licence. The analyst says that "Since the corporate status of the OSI is suspended, its ability to do so in the future is in doubt".


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