I was thinking:
Now maybe the numbers can be trade marks too (I always liked "S3"'s id: 5333).
However this number is extracted from the device in question. Surely
if I have a device that reports itself as "9005:00cf", then there can
be no trademark violation in addressing the device as "the one which
calls itself 9005:00cf".
There may well be cases where a textual name in more appropriate
but if it is a name that you extract from the device, then you should
be safe. If there is a trademark violation, then it is in the device,
not in the operating system.
I guess that leaves
as a potential problem... but if the device is sold as "100%
Soundblaster compatible", then any trade mark has already been
I appreciate that "Shrug, probably wont happen" isn't really good
enough, but we cannot stop development of generic kernel facilities
out of fear of reprisals.
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