Gitolite says:

NOTE: GIT is a trademark of Software Freedom Conservancy and my use of "Gitolite" is under license.

What does under license mean here? Does it mean Software Freedom Conservancy gives permission to use Git phrase inside Gitolite?

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Yes, the SFC doesn't allow the usage of the term "git" for third-party products unless they have their permisison.

From the Git Trademark Policy, 2.3 Prohibited usages of the Marks:

In addition, you may not use any of the Marks as a syllable in a new word or as part of a portmanteau (e.g., "Gitalicious", "Gitpedia") used as a mark for a third-party product or service without Conservancy's written permission. For the avoidance of doubt, this provision applies even to third-party marks that use the Marks as a syllable or as part of a portmanteau to refer to a product or service's use of Git code.

  • Thanks. Can SFC only prevent Git usage in Programming industry? And what happens someone comes with something like gitgit that is not about version controlling say email service? Can SFC still prevent git usage in gitgit? Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 13:54
  • @JohnBernard those are new questions; perhaps you should ask them as such. But in general, to answer these questions, you can read up on trademark protection.
    – phoog
    Commented Sep 7, 2016 at 15:43

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