one of the topics discussed by the SOLWorld Steering Committee
in Cologne at SOL 2008 International Conference
Generally, SOLWorld community is working under the SOLWorld charter
that stresses sharing: “sharing is the key word. The originators of the approach, Steve de Shazer and Insoo Kim Berg, have not trade marked their work. Indeed, the SF approach itself is based on collaboration.“
and collaborative ethos: “It is important to us that SOLWorld retains this generosity of spirit and the collaborative ethos. No-one owns the Solutions in Organisations Link-up name.“
as its key principles.
Anyway it seemed to be useful to take certain steps to prevent others from trademarking of the solution focused approach. I made a brief research and what impressed me was the Creative Commons'
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that “defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright — all rights reserved — and the public domain — no rights reserved. Our licenses help you keep your copyright while inviting certain uses of your work — a 'some rights reserved' copyright.“
They are based in the U.S. so their licenses
were designed to fit the U.S. system of law. Anyway, main licenses are now transliterated to meet the international and national terms of authors' law (for details please visit the Creative Commons' websites).
At their websites
they are mentioning the "Founders Copyright" as well. Perhaps this could be a way how to prevent unauthorized trademarking of SF approach?, despite of the Creative Commons' licences were primarily aimed to be used by the software developers.
Any comments to this topics are welcomed.