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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems

On Fri, Jun 17, 2005 at 07:47:43PM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
> On Fri, 17 Jun 2005, Eric Dorland wrote:
> > * Don Armstrong (don@debian.org) wrote:
> > > the last sentence in DFSG #4 only talks about renaming, not being
> > > forced to change content.

> > If I change the name of my program, I also change all references to
> > that name in program (if for no other reason, consistency).

> You should change them when it makes sense to you. However, being
> forced to do so by the trademark license when it doesn't make sense to
> you is another thing entirely.[1]

> Imagine suddenly having to go and rip out every single reference to
> the name of a program, some of which could be intricately tied into
> the codebase; or a library that required you to rename all symbols
> bearing the name of the library, and thus change any symbols that the
> library exported.

... which isn't covered by trademark law anyway, so could only be enforced
by an over-reaching copyright license, which is non-free.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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