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

Galen Johnson gjohnson at trantor.org
Sat Aug 2 02:58:04 CEST 2008

And to think that corporations could use Hobbit to be a 'green' 
company... :-/

Shea, Graeme A wrote:
> 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.
> Regards
> Graeme
> -----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
> happen
> 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
> http://www.hobbitmon.com/hobbitdocs/legal/
> 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.
> Regards,
> Henrik
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