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[NEW ISSUE] 4103 Questionable use of Contoso Ltd in Primer

From: Christopher B Ferris <chrisfer@us.ibm.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Dec 2006 11:53:15 -0500
To: public-ws-policy@w3.org
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Title: Questionable use of fictitious corp. name "Contoso Ltd."

Description: The Primer uses a fictitious corporation name, Contoso Ltd.,
throughout the Primer in its running example. It isn't clear that use of 
such a
fictitious name, without w3c copyright/trademark ownership, is advisable.
Should a company be incorporated with that name, then the Policy 1.5 
would be in essence providing it with free advertising... Worse, the 
might sue the W3C for copyright/trademark infringement.

Justification: see description

Proposed Resolution: Change all occurances of "Contoso" and/or "Contoso 
to "Example.com" and change all "real.contoso.com" domain references to


Christopher Ferris
STSM, Software Group Standards Strategy
email: chrisfer@us.ibm.com
blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/chrisferris
phone: +1 508 377 9295
Received on Wednesday, 20 December 2006 16:54:05 UTC

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