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Re: AbiWord, trademarks, and DFSG-freeness



On Mon, 18 Oct 2004 09:09:17 -0400 Raul Miller wrote:

> However, let's take AbiWord as an example.  We've been told that we do
> not have a license to use "AbiWord" on derivative works.  We're
> clearly not required to retain "AbiWord" on those works.

It seems correct.

> 
> The question is: if we remove the trademarks that label the work, is
> the work then DFSG free?

Yes, I would say.
But is the original unpurged work DFSG-free?

[...]
> > If you are right, I think we would be able to deal with the
> > unfortunate Debian logo issue in a much easier way.
> 
> I don't know what problem you're trying to talk about.

I was referring to the "Debian Open Use Logo in main" issue.
If I didn't miss relevant data, its copyright license is still non-free.
And no consensus has yet been reached about the more difficult question,
that is "Do we need to issue a permissive trademark license, too? Can
we? Should we?"
There has been a long thread rather recently in this list...

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