[hobbit] "Hobbit" name legal stuff; slight name change will happen

Shea, Graeme A Shea.Graeme.A at edumail.vic.gov.au
Sat Aug 2 00:13:59 CEST 2008

The corporate culture is such that while everyone I show loves what
Hobbit does not one person will implement it. One of the big problems is
the name and then maybe the icons :-(. Any chance that someone else in
the corporate environment can use it as a source of ridicule no matter
how unjustified will kill it before it gets off the ground. These people
aren't PHB's just been there, done that and don't want to do anything
that will damage their career.

I would suggest something along the lines of "Sulvantent", a made up
word close enough to Surveillance for people to link the two.

B.T.W. I explain that I like all of the systems in my care to be doing
what the business wants them to do and when this happens we get "green
across the board". This is where Hobbit gets its name, Hobbits like
green and will work hard to get it. This helps, but not enough.


-----Original Message-----
From: Henrik Stoerner [mailto:henrik at hswn.dk]
Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 12:30 PM
To: hobbit at hswn.dk
Subject: [hobbit] "Hobbit" name legal stuff; slight name change will

Hi everyone,

some lawyers behind the movie company that produced the "Lord of the
Rings" trilogy have contacted me about using the name "Hobbit" for the
Hobbit monitor project.

Fortunately, it seems that these people are actually quite sensible.
They just want to make sure that there is no risk of anyone assuming
that the "Hobbit monitor" has anything to do with the books, movies,
merchandise etc. that they produce.

So they've suggested that beginning with the next release, "Hobbit
monitor" is renamed to either "Hobbi monitor" (without the 't'), or
"H.O.B.B.I.T. Monitor" . Or something else, but they want to know
if I pick something else.

The full correspondance can be seen at

My current preference is to use the "H.O.B.B.I.T." version;
this is most like the current name, and it would also fit
with all of the current URL's used for various Hobbit functions (e.g.
the "hobbitmon.sf.net" project page). I'm going to write the lawyers and
get a definite OK that I can use "hobbitmon" in URL's and such;
I doubt that I can get Sourceforge to accept a project named
"h.o.b.b.i.t." since that would probably cause havoc with the DNS
entries ...

But I'd like to hear if there are other suggestions or opinions.


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