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Re: Changes in formal naming for NetBSD porting effort(s)

On Fri, Dec 12, 2003 at 11:54:09AM -0500,
 Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> wrote 
 a message of 126 lines which said:

> Debian either needs a trademark license from the NetBSD Foundation
> for use of the "NetBSD" mark, or it does not.

Legally speaking, you're right. Now, on more practical grounds, I do
not think that the NetBSD Foundation threatened to sue us. I believe
that they feared confusion and asked politely, as an humble request
from fellow free software developers, to consider a change in the

I do not think debian-legal is concerned: it is not an issue of being
right with trademark law, it's an issue of not pissing off NetBSD
people for no good reason.

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