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Re: Mozilla Firefox's icon and trademark

On Fri, Mar 05, 2004 at 12:26:55PM -0500, Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
> 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
> software.
> 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.

Did you even read what I wrote? Why does it help to prohibit me from
taking the firefox logo, replacing the fox part with a cow, and using
it as the logo for something else entirely? How could this possibly be

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