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Re: AbiWord, trademarks, and DFSG-freeness

Francesco Poli <frx@firenze.linux.it> writes:

> On Sun, 17 Oct 2004 23:48:06 -0400 Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
>> You can't quite change the name of the work using a patch.  You always
>> have to distribute the original, which includes its name.  If Abiword
>> were under a patch-clause license, Debian'd have to distribute
>> software which said "This is Abiword" on every startup... plus
>> patches.
> But only the original would say "This is Abiword".
> The patched one would not.
> We would be able to distribute (although in a technically inconvenient
> way, that is, through patches) a derivative work whose name is not
> "Abiword".

You're missing my point.  While what you said was true, it does not in
any way refute the statement that we'd also have to distribute
software which said "This is Abiword" -- the root to which the patches
are applied.

Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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