WTR recently reported on the dispute surrounding the Python trademark and how this highlighted the importance of trademarks for open source software projects. The Debian Project, which oversees the development and distribution of free and open source operating system Debian, recently released a new trademark policy (which can be viewed here) which enables third parties to use its marks freely for commercial purposes. While such a laissez-faire approach could be seen as risky, it also presents an opportunity for some non-profit organisations, such as open source projects, to create additional value from their brands.

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