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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems



On Tuesday 14 June 2005 18.21, Eric Dorland wrote:
> * Matthew Garrett (mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk) wrote:
> > Julien BLACHE <jblache@debian.org> wrote:
> > > Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:
> > >> What is DFSG 4 if not a grudging acceptance of this sort of
> > >> behaviour as free?
> > >
> > >   (This is a compromise. The Debian Project encourages all authors to
> > >   not restrict any files, source or binary, from being modified.)
> > >
> > > Says it all.
> >
> > Right. We don't like it, but we think it's free.
> >
> > > Requiring a name change because we apply a security patch or fix a
> > > bug crosses the border. It's not like if we were forking their
> > > codebase.
> >
> > We have permission to apply security patches and fix bugs without
> > changing the name.
>
> We (as in Debian) may have the permission, but that permission does
> not flow downstream.

So?

As I understand DSFG 8, this covers only the case that the firefox package 
distributed by Debian *as is* must still be usable legally when used 
outside Debian.

Yes, it's not nice, it's crap, but it's still entirely possible within the 
(pseudo-)legal framewark Debian gives itself.

cheers
-- vbi

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