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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems

* Wouter Verhelst (wouter@debian.org) wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 14, 2005 at 11:20:57AM -0300, Humberto Massa Guimarães wrote:
> > > Does the opposite make it worse? I think so.
> > 
> > IMHO it makes no difference at all. The "normal", "regular",
> > "I-dont-read-debian-mailing-lists" folk install the "Gnome Desktop"
> > or the "KDE Desktop" tasks, see the "Web Browser" icon, double-click
> > it and voila. As long as it works (and as long as they can install
> > the Macromedia plugins), they don't care. The rest of the world
> > knows Debian renamed Firefox as Iceweasel to escape Mozilla
> > Foundation's arcane trademark license.
> I don't think it's arcane. It's a perfectly reasonable thing to do,
> which Debian itself has done in the past (TrustedDebian -> Adamantix)
> You're free to make /any/ modifications to firefox, as long as you
> either rename it to something else or get permission to call it firefox.
> Doesn't sound non-free to me.

Please explain to me why it's alright to get special permission to use
a trademark but not ok for a software license? 

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