Getting Things Done/Copyright issues

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On his blog, David Allen has been discussing his plans to copyright terms related to Getting Things Done.

[edit] Comments from Gochess

  • There has been a TRADEMARK claim by an over-zealous self-promoter over the abbreviation "GTD" due to his recent book.
  • That book, however, is NOT original in the use of the phrase "Getting Things Done" -- source with comments:
    • Getting Things Done by Roger Black, subtitled "A Radical New Approach to Managing Time and Achieving More at Work." Published June 1990.
    • Getting Things Done by Edwin C. Bliss, subtitled "The ABCs of Time Management." Published by Scribner; revised edition 1991.
    • Getting things done when you are not in charge : how to succeed from a support position book by Geoffrey M. Bellman, published by Berrett-Koehler, 1992.
  • Moreover, the abbreviation GTD has been widely used and understood as a colloquial expression for decades -- which may incidently refer to "getting things done," but not necessarily one specific book, author, brand name, or trademark. Most certainly, no one should be expected to pay fees for the usage of "GTD."
  • Because GTD has been in the public domain for decades, there should be no final arbiter which claims to "officially" define or narrow the usage of GTD -- and which also claims monetary compensation. That's arrogance.
  • Users of any natural language have the free right to use the abbreviation GTD in the common colloquial sense: "Get That Done!" -- using the direct active verb -- without fear of trademark infringement.
  • GTD should remain "open source" -- for there is nothing proprietary about the processing of common daily tasks, such as filing and to-do lists.
  • Alternate abbreviations for "open source" projects using collectively developed GTD ideas and methodology:
    • ZING = Zing Is Not GTD.
    • Do the Next Thing
    • Do the Next Action
    • { Add your favorite here. }
  • To further establish widespread common domain, all emails and posts to the Internet should incorporate this important clarification in signatures:
    • GTD = "Get That Done!"
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