Palm Changes Mind on Trademark Crackdown
According to PalmStation, Palm Inc. has decided to not pursue websites that have "Palm" in their domain name or URL. There has not yet been an official statement from Palm on this change.
Recently, Palm had been requiring enthusiast sites to either sign a licencing agreement and change "Palm" to "PalmOS", or remove the word entirely. This policy has generated a great deal of bad press for the company.
Most of the well-known Palm-related websites received letters from Palm offering a free licence to use "Palm OS" in their domain names but insisting that they comply with Palm's rules. This resulted in several of them removing "Palm" from their name and taking the opportunity to broaden their focus to include the rival Pocket PC OS.
The Palm Infocenter was contacted late last year about changing the name and initially was not given the option of using the word "Palm". Only recently was the site offered a free licence to use that word.
Hal Schechner from PalmStation said, "This is definitely a good thing to see from Palm. Let's hope that this is just the start of a new relationship between Palm and the Palm community."
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