Settlement Secures Python Name For Language
Written by Alex Armstrong   
Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Thanks to a huge amount of support, the Python Software Foundation has been able to reach a settlement with a company that was trying to trademark the name "Python".

In February we asked:

Will we have to change the name of the Python language to something else? An attempt to trademark the name in Europe might cause some problems unless it is stopped.

At that time the Python Software Foundation (PSF) was asking for help with a trademark problem because a UK based company, Veber, was trying to trademark the use of the term "Python" for all software, services, servers and almost anything to do with a computer. The company already had control of the python.co.uk domain name, which it had held it for 13 years, that seemed likely to be a powerful aid to their case. You can find more details in our original report.

According to Python Software Foundation News an amicable agreement has been reached that will result in a rebranding of Veber's Python cloud server and backup services.

Commenting on it, Van Lindberg, chairman of the Python Software Foundation said:

"We are happy to come to an agreement with Veber. What the PSF wants most is to support the global community of Python developers. To Veber's credit, they were willing to recognize the Python brand without protracted negotiations. We are grateful for Veber's support and we wish them luck in their business."

The PSF also thanked the Python community for its:

"immense outpouring of support throughout the dispute, both financially and through the letter writing campaign undertaken by organizations across European Union member states."

So the term "Python" can continue to be identified with a language and not just a particular style of comedy. 

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