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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems



On Thu, 16 Jun 2005, Eric Dorland wrote:
> * Don Armstrong (don@debian.org) wrote:
> > On Thu, 16 Jun 2005, Eric Dorland wrote:
> > > * Don Armstrong (don@debian.org) wrote:
> > > > All of MoFo trademarks that were not being used in a manner
> > > > consistent with trademark law[2] would have to be expunged from
> > > > the work,
> > > 
> > > What trademarks are you referring to? Already the Debian packages
> > > don't use any of the trademarked images and logos? 
> > 
> > If we don't use any trademarked images, logos, or phrases, what
> > exactly are we talking about here?
> 
> The term "Firefox" is what trademarked, and the only trademark still
> in the Debian package AFAIK. That's what we're talking about. 

Then that would be a "MoFo trademark" that is possibly "used in a
manner [not] consistent with trademark law." If that was the case, it
would be a mark that "would have to be expunged from the work."

My main point here seems to have been lost: I am merely pointing out
that the changes required are far more extensive than the renaming of
a binary|script|package, but appear to involve substantial branding
changes throughout the package; this seems to be a bit more extensive
than the minor restriction that DFSG §4 allows.


Don Armstrong

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