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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems

* Wouter Verhelst (wouter@debian.org) wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 15, 2005 at 09:07:58AM -0300, Humberto Massa Guimarães used a broken MUA that breaks threads and wrote:
> > > Not really, because the DFSG is not supposed to apply to trademarks.
> > 
> > This is the center of Wouter's and Marco's argument, IMHO. But I don't
> > see anything in the DFSG restricting it to copyrights or excluding
> > trademarks or patents. So, it is my Humble Opinion that DFSG#8 applies
> > broadly.
> DFSG#8 cannot reasonably apply to trademarks, because if it did, the
> trademark's owner would lose his or her trademark by trying to abide by
> our policy. Thus, it is my opinion that it should not apply.

This simply isn't true. There are examples of OSS projects granting
trademarks based on test suites and specifications, not based on who
you are.  

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