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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems

On Tue, Jun 14, 2005 at 01:38:53PM +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> Julien BLACHE <jblache@debian.org> wrote:
> > Their trademark policy is something that should not exist in a free
> > software context. They don't care about free software. They don't care
> > about distributors/vendors.
> What is DFSG 4 if not a grudging acceptance of this sort of behaviour as
> free?

    Integrity of The Author's Source Code

    The license may restrict source-code from being distributed in modified
    form _only_ if the license allows the distribution of "patch files" with
    the source code for the purpose of modifying the program at build time. The
    license must explicitly permit distribution of software built from modified
    source code. The license may require derived works to carry a different
    name or version number from the original software. (This is a compromise.
    The Debian group encourages all authors not to restrict any files, source
    or binary, from being modified.)

The point of DFSG 4, as I understand it, is to permit the licensor to take
certain explicit steps to prevent people from drawing the inference that
the licensor endorses modified versions in any way.

I think if DFSG 4 had intended to grant licensors broad latitude to invent
novel ways of prevent such an inference from being drawn, it would have
been worded differently -- or, at least, the last two sentences would have

In my opinion, DFSG 4 somewhat clumsily lumps together two related but
distinguishable issues -- one is a presentation format for distribution,
the other is a means for the work to identify itself.

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