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Re: Ongoing Firefox (and Thunderbird) Trademark problems



Branden Robinson <branden@debian.org> wrote:

> 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
> been.

Bear in mind that the single most important consideration in choosing
the wording of the DFSG appears to have been to avoid removing useful
software from main. If the Firefox trademark policy had existed then, I
have no doubt that DFSG 4 would have been worded in such a way as to
make it unambiguously free.

The DFSG were not written with strong consideration for problems that
may arise in future. They were written to deal with the problems that
existed in 1997. As a result, they don't even attempt to deal with many
of the issues we've faced since then. The fact that something is not
explicitly permitted by the DFSG doesn't make it non-free. It just means
that Bruce hadn't considered the issue back then.

-- 
Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.devel@srcf.ucam.org



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