Re: practical question on copying of our HTML code
On 2000-06-02 at 11:11 -0700, Mark Rafn wrote:
> > The critical question, then, is: what remedy should Debian seek here?
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> Remedy? They should give credit to Debian in the source, and make their
> source available. Oh, wait - they do that already.
I disagree with this. I think the copyright issue is secondary to the
trademark issue in importance, as I have said already.
By allowing someone to maintain a web site which looks almost exactly like
the Debian web site, including its distinctive appearance, including color
scheme, layout, display typography, and even the "swirl" graphic, I think
there is a substantial likelihood of public confusion. That is, it is
reasonable for someone who is familiar with the Debian web site to assume
that such a close copy, although with entirely different text, implies
some connection or endorsement relationship with Debian. This is a far
more serious problem than whether the HTML is credited.