Microsoft may not own windows?

Luis Villa
21 Mar 2002 17:27:38 -0500

On Thu, 2002-03-21 at 14:28, Ben Hammersley wrote:
> Isn't this all down to context, even if the word is a generic term?
> It's the additional meaning given by the namespace, as it were, that
> should be  protected. There's no worries if I want to call myself Ben's
> Windows and start a glazier firm - then "Windows" is in a namespace
> where it is generic. If I wanted to start an OS called Windows, the OS
> namespace makes Windows a non-generic term and I quite rightly loose my
> shirt.

The point of my (and Gordon's post) is that it had meaning in the OS
namespace /before/ MS used it. If they'd created that namespace meaning,
fine, but they didn't. It's like IBM trying to copyright 'Computer' in
the late 70s, or AT&T trying to copyright 'Telephone', just because they
were overwhelmingly associated with the term and had no competition,
even though they didn't create or own the term in any meaningful way.