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Re: Bug#265352: grub: Debian splash images for Grub

Edmund GRIMLEY EVANS wrote:
> Nathanael Nerode <neroden@twcny.rr.com>:
>>Just put a "This copyright license does not grant a trademark license"
>>disclaimer after your choice of standard license, and I think we're set,
> That's what I would have thought. Does anyone disagree?
> (However, I would add something along the lines of "'Debian' and the
> Debian swirl are trademarks or registered trademarks of ..." in front
> of "This copyright licence does not ...".)

I disagree with this.  If the intent of saying "This copyright license
does not grant a trademark license." is to say that all the rights
normally associated with a trademark are reserved, and those rights
restrict the ability to use the logo to refer to things other than
Debian, then considering that *the entire work* is a trademarked item, I
don't think this is DFSG-free.  It just happens to use a different
branch of law to restrict use.  Just as a stock copyright with no
license is DFSG-non-free, a stock trademark with no license (assuming
this restricts the ability of others to use the work for any purpose)
appears DFSG-non-free.

A Free logo, like any other Free image or Free work in general, must be
usable for any purpose.  If this right is restricted, whether by
copyright, patent, trademark, or any other law, then the work is non-free.

- Josh Triplett

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