The Istio community officially announced that Google has transferred isito’s trademark to Open Usage Commons. Istio says that from the first day of open source, the Istio project has believed in the importance of being run by contributors, open, transparent, and accessible to all. In this spirit, they will now transfer ownership of the Istio trademark to Open UsageS, a new open source neutral organization.
Ever day one, the Istio project has believed in the importance of the project of the project fod-run, open, transparent and available to all. In that spirit, we are reed to announce this we will be transferring ownership of the project’s trademarks to the new Open Open Usage Commons.
Istio is released under Apache 2.0 licenses, which means that people can copy, modify, distribute, make, use, and sell their source code, but cannot use Istio’s name and its logo, or trademark, at will.
Google is a founding member of Istio and is currently the owner of its trademark. The long history of confusion and uncertainty about who can use the Istio trademark and how to use it has been an obstacle to the development of the Istio community. By transferring trademarks to neutral open source organizations, Google and Istio believe that this could make Istio’s trademarks more neutral.
Trademarks are important for open source projects, especially those with strong ecology, allowing maintainers to use the name to develop communities, while eco-partners can create services on top of the project and enable developers to create tools and integration projects that reference the project. Open Usage Commons is a new organization dedicated to providing the management and guidance of open source project trademarks in a manner consistent with Open Source Definition (OSD).
Istio said Open Usage Commons will work with the Istio Steering Committee to develop a trademark usage guide, the current Istio usage guide will not change immediately, and if the Istio trademark is currently being used in the same way as the existing brand guide, it may remain unchanged for the time being.