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November 23rd, 2011
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Attention Librarians
Do any of you know of or use a piece of free open-source library management software called Koha? The Horowhenua Library Trust, who were instrumental in developing this software is looking for support in a legal battle against a US company, LibLime, who are trying to trademark the name "Koha" in a bid to hijack the name and system for their own profit. What's doubly insulting is that the word koha means gift or donation.

While the Trust probably have a decent chance of winning the case,  they need sufficient money to cover legal costs and various filing fees, probably on the order of a few thousand dollars. Being a small rural library, of course they have cash in abundance. Yeah, right.
So if you've used the system, think you might use something like it in the future, or are generally in favour of open source software or libraries helping libraries, you could help through either a koha of your own (donation methods are in the top link) or boosting the signal. 

Thanks. 

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From:goldiebug
Date:November 24th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
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now that is intriguing. Our library was one of the first in Ohio to adopt KOHA for our cataloging system. I hadn't heard of this lawsuit; I knew Koha was bought out by LibLime, I didn't know that wasn't the end of the story. Thank you for sharing this, I will definitely look into it and pass word along.
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