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[aprssig] AX.25 for Commercial Use

John Ackermann N8UR jra at febo.com
Wed Apr 6 17:49:06 UTC 2005


There aren't any restrictions on the use of AX.25 for commercial 
purposes.  Similarly, there aren't any restrictions on using the APRS 
protocols, though "APRS" is Bob's registered trademark, so the name 
itself can't be used without his consent.

John
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Michael Haynie wrote:

>I see that many of the commercial TNC manufacturers
>are using the AX.25 protocol for commercial use. Does
>anyone have any information on the legality of this? I
>know that APRS is an amateur only system that uses
>AX.25, but apparently the AX.25 protocol is open for
>use in the land mobile frequemcies assuming they are
>licensed for that frequency. Can anyone provide
>details or verification of this? It sure seems like
>there are many opportunities to use this in AVL and
>other commercial tracking systems using a predefined
>specification and it appears Kantronics and others are
>doing it.
>
>Thanks in advance,
>Michael -  KC0EXP
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