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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems

* Arthur de Jong (adejong@debian.org) wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-06-14 at 19:30 +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> wrote:
> > > While this argument was indeed tempting, I think we also need
> > > to look at how free the resulting package is: Can a derivbative take
> > > any package in main, modify it, and further redistribute it? If yes,
> > > then the package can remain in main, and is free; if not, then the
> > > package is not free.
> > 
> > Our users have permission to modify it and further redistribute it *as
> > long as they change the name*. That's a limitation we're willing to
> > accept for ourselves - why should it not be free enough for our users?
> Let's say we call it mozilla-firefox (assuming we are allowed to in the
> first place) and downstream (making some modifications) is not allowed
> to call it mozilla-firefox. If we call it debian-firefox then downstream
> is still not allowed (under the same conditions) to call it
> mozilla-firefox. The difference is not that huge to me. (but naming the
> package just firefox seems to me like a good idea in the first
> place)

The difference is we have perhaps compromised our principles to keep
calling it Firefox.

BTW, don't be fooled into thinking we'll be able to call it
debian-firefox. If we have to rename it will not be able to include
the string "firefox" anywhere in that name. 

Eric Dorland <eric.dorland@mail.mcgill.ca>
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