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Re: Mozilla Firefox's icon and trademark

On Fri, Feb 27, 2004 at 06:25:45PM -0500, Eric Dorland wrote:
>                            Unfortunately it seems these icons and even
> the name "Firefox" (and Mozilla even) are trademarked and can't be
> used except with the official builds or permission of the Mozilla
> Foundation (see http://mozilla.org/foundation/licensing.html and
> http://forums.mozillazine.org/viewtopic.php?t=50876).            

IANAL+IMVHO the point is:

 - you use the original codebase from firefox to build the firefox
   browser:  you are entitled to use icons and name.
 - you use the original codebase and change it and/or use the codebase
   in another application: this clearly is not the codebase for firefox
   anymore and you are not entitled to use icons and name.

This makes sense to me and is not (IMVHO) contradictionary to the DFSG.
It might be in the sense that the icons are non-free and may not be used
outside firefox.[1]  I do not think it is for the name, since assuming 
that another browser uses the codebase of firefox they may not call 
themselves firefox, for appearent reasons.

[1] If this indeed *is* considered non-free, i'd guess there are quite a
lot talented people in the debian-environment to create own iconsets.

After all, i'd prefer debian talking to the mozilla people before acting
up and/or announcing that mozilla will be dropped off debian.

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