Symantec asks G4L to stop infringing on Ghost name
Posted by: Anonymous
on October 06, 2007 12:10 AM
They're not claiming copyright on the word "Ghost", merely the reference and what it entails. Saying "Ghost4Linux" suggests Symantec Ghost, because why then would you say "Ghost for Linux"? You're insinuating that the product is available on other operating systems by saying it's for Linux, otherwise you wouldn't need to distinguish it, you could just say Ghost and people would think "Oh, program for Linux.". It would be the equivalent of WINE changing their name to WINWE, or WINE Is Not (a) Windows Emulator. The mere reference to Windows implies Microsoft Windows, and so they too would receive a cease and desist (Probably worse). Microsoft doesn't own the word Windows, they own the product that it references in a certain context. Same for Symantec. It makes sense.