Re: MPlayer DFSG compatibility status
On Wed, Oct 08, 2003 at 02:16:18PM -0700, Thomas Bushnell, BSG wrote:
> Actually, I believe it still would be DFSG-free. You are right in
> general that it doesn't matter which law is being used to impinge
> freedom. But a free Official Use Logo could (I think) be written in
> such a way as to be clearly DFSG-free, given that we already allow
> labelling and naming restrictions.
> So we can permit people to modify the bottle, but still not use it for
> non-Official things, and that doesn't imping freedom, just as people
> can use and modify the special code for the TeX logo, but they can't
> apply it to anything that doesn't pass Trip.
The trademark restrictions could probably be written in such a way as to
fall under the spirit of the "if you change it, don't call it foo"
We just need to be wary of any precarious slopes in doing so.