[Koha] [Koha-devel] Plea for help from Horowhenua Library Trust re: Koha

Joann Ransom jransom at library.org.nz
Tue Nov 22 14:57:39 NZDT 2011

Hi Mason,

yup very sad - but I am feeling so much better having shared the load and
received such a warm and supportive response from the Koha community. I
have posted to those other lists as well so cross fingers between us we can
fight this.

Cheers Jo.

On 22 November 2011 14:08, Mason James <mtj at kohaaloha.com> wrote:

> On 2011-11-22, at 10:31 AM, Joann Ransom wrote:
> > As I am sure most of you are aware, Horowhenua Library Trust is the
> birth place of Koha and the longest serving member of the Koha community.
> Back in 1999 when we were working on Koha, the idea that 12 years later we
> would be having to write an email like this never crossed our minds. It is
> with tremendous sadness that we must write this plea for help to you, the
> other members of the Koha community.
> >
> > The situation we find ourselves in, is that after over a year of
> battling against it, PTFS/Liblime have managed to have their application
> for a Trademark on Koha in New Zealand accepted. We now have 3 months to
> object, but to do so involves lawyers and money. We are a small semi rural
> Library in New Zealand and have no cash spare in our operational budget to
> afford this, but we do feel it is something we must fight.
> >
> > For the library that invented Koha to now have to have a legal battle to
> prevent a US company trademarking the word in NZ seems bizarre, but it is
> at this point that we find ourselves.
> >
> > So, we ask you, the users and developers of Koha, from the birth place
> of Koha, please if you can help in anyway, let us know.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Jo.
> >
> > --
> > Joann Ransom RLIANZA
> > Head of Libraries,
> > Horowhenua Library Trust.
> hi Jo,
> sad news indeed,
> expect a cheque in the mail from me
> i reckon you should consider posting your email to these other NZ
> tech/library mailing-lists, too
> http://lists.nzoss.org.nz/mailman/listinfo/openchat
> http://lists.vuw.ac.nz/mailman/listinfo/nz-libs
> and haaay look - a mailing-list for -=LAW=- librarians in NZ :)
> http://lists.vuw.ac.nz/mailman/listinfo/law-lib
> also, a handy list of library related mailing-lists in NZ
> http://wiki.lianza.org.nz/index.php/Resources/NZLibEmailDiscussionLists
> i realize that it's a bit of extra effort for you to sign-up to the lists,
> etc - but considering how much *wasted* effort this fight is going to cost
> everyone...
> its probably well worth it
> Mason

Joann Ransom RLIANZA
Head of Libraries,
Horowhenua Library Trust.
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