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Public Announcement about the Debian Trademark


Debian's goal is to be fair to all businesses. Part of that is not
giving one business an advantage over another.

We allow all businesses to make reasonable use of the "Debian" trademark.
For example, if you make a CD of our Debian GNU/Linux distribution,
you can call that product "Debian". If you want to use the name in some
other way, you should ask us _first_.

To be fair to all businesses, we insist that no business use the name
"Debian" in the name of the business, or a domain name of the business.

A few times well-meaning people have called us just a bit too late to
keep them from losing a few hundred dollars and some time and being
disappointed. In all cases these people have meant well, and have
approached us with gifts in hand, and it is a shame to disappoint them.
Hopefully, this warning will protect the next person.


	Bruce Perens
	Software in the Public Interest

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