[Project_owners] use of 'zilla' in new project names

John Dobbins john at brandxcomputers.com
Fri Dec 5 14:03:51 EST 2003


Last Year Toho, the owner of the "Godzilla" trademark went after the 
Davezilla Blog website, I'm not sure what happened after that except for 
a lot of bad publicty for Toho and that davezilla.com is still there 
though it has a disclaimer that it's not connected with Toho.

Here's a ZD net story about it. They mention that AOL/TW had reached an 
agreement with Toho regarding Mozilla and that Toho had lost every case 
where they tried to assert trademark rights to anything ending in "zilla"
http://zdnet.com.com/2100-1106-949804.html

John Dobbins

David Boswell wrote:

>due to potential conflict with the owner of the trademark 'Godzilla' we
>are no longer creating new projects that use 'zilla' in part of their
>name. using 'moz' in names is still acceptable.
>
>we are doing this simply to avoid any future problems.  no one from the
>trademark owner has contacted any of the mozdev admins or any of the
>project owners as far as i know.  this step seems to be a prudent
>decision though since the trademark owner has contacted mozilla.org
>about the use of 'zilla' in some of their product names.
>
>this change in new project policy does *not* have anything to do with
>existing projects.  unless an owner has already been contacted about
>their name, i don't think any existing 'zilla' projects need to worry
>about anything.
>
>if anyone has more information about mozilla.org's issues with the
>trademark owner it might be useful if that could be posted so all of
>the project owners are aware of the situation.
>
>david
>
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