“Robert F. Young — a founder of Linux distributor Red Hat and now owner of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Canadian football team, has offered Apple Computer CEO Steve Jobs a quick way out of a lawsuit over the latest version of Tiger, Apple’s latest operating system,” Jack Kapica reports for The Globe and Mail Update. “The lawsuit, filed one day before Apple released Tiger, sought an injunction on behalf of TigerDirect.com, based in Miami, to stop Apple from using the word ‘tiger’ because it infringes on its trademarked name.”
“‘This lawsuit is a load of codswallop,’ said Mr. Young. ‘Nobody and no company should have the exclusive use of the word ‘tiger.” Mr. Young has offered to license the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ historical use of the word Tiger to Apple free of charge,” Kapica reports. “The Hamilton Tigers Football Club, established in 1869, continued to be known as the Tigers (with its colours of yellow and black) until 1950, when the Tigers merged with the Hamilton Wildcats to become the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. ‘136 years ago we were called The Tigers,’ Mr. Young said. ‘If anyone owns the exclusive rights to the word ‘tiger’ with that much history and tradition, it’s gotta be us.'”
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