semi-regular reminder that bluesky is vaporware. Real Artists Ship:
I'm just thinking about this blog post I wrote in 2018. Because even when Twitter makes a good decision, the first sentence comes to mind: Why does the entire world have to wait on the CEO of one US company to make a decision?
I have AWS credits to burn, so this would be an effort under the umbrella of a legitimate California LLC.
Who out there is doing work fighting against white supremacy and fascism? I have little money but a lot of time and would be more than happy to help those groups foster a community presence away from commercial social media platforms and onto the fediverse (hosting their activitypub instance for free, for instance).
@Gargron I'm not a lawyer but I don't think the ship has sailed. You still hold the rights as the creator of the project, but if you do do not assert them it would dilute your branding. It all depends on jurisdiction as well. Consulting a lawyer would be your best bet.
On the other hand, you don't want to burn your goodwill with your community either and choosing to enforce your naming rights may be seen in a bad light. You can probably get free advice from folks in the community though.
@Gargron bringing this back up, imo you *really* should consider enforcing your ownership of your software's branding - people are spinning up instances with confusingly similar names to your own instances. example:
See if you can get someone from one of the free software associations (like @conservancy) to advise you on your rights here.
@dublinux For the public sector, I think there's a better chance getting smaller groups on here like municipalities and states, than the federal gov. One can hope though.