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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems

On Fri, Jun 17, 2005 at 11:07:33PM +0200, Jeremie Koenig wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 17, 2005 at 08:18:29AM -0500, Donald J Bindner wrote:
> > 
> >  1) rebrand mozilla-firefox
> >  2) create a permanent "transition package" with the firefox name
> >     that depends on it
> >  3) use alternatives to provide /usr/bin/firefox
> > 
> > The description of the transition package should briefly explain
> > what is happening, that the transition package merely depends on
> > a rebranded/forked version of the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
> > This way, you are using the TM term to refer to the correct
> > product but substituting a rebrand seemlessly (without the
> > kind of confusion that would run you afoul of TM law).
> I think it's a good compromise. I'd like to suggest:
>   4) make the program's branding depend on argv[0].

Do trademarks only apply to binaries, or to source also? A running
firefox will prominently display the trademarked bits in question, but
hey, the source being open for viewing is important here.

Wouter van Heyst

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