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Re: Mozilla Firefox's icon and trademark

Andrew Suffield <asuffield@debian.org> writes:

> We consider the former to be DFSG-free and the latter to be non-free
> (and require explicit permission to do the latter from the copyright
> holder). That's all there is to it. I can't imagine why Mozilla would
> want to forbid this, other than a total lack of comprehension of the
> difference between trademarks and copyrights.

I can -- they're currently very concerned about unstable or poorly
modified code being shipped as "Firefox" or "Mozilla" branded

Debian *will* modify the Mozilla or Firefox products slightly to ship
them -- introducing better FHS compliance, for example, and probably
a few other things:  Different bookmarks, different home page, maybe
different text in some places and maybe different code.  These may
impact the stability or user experience of the product, so they're
concerned about us using their protected marks.

As a consequence of the above, even if we did have a copyright license
to modify the icon or the bitmap of the text "Firefox", we wouldn't
have a trademark license to use the word 'Firefox' to describe our
modified product.


Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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