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Re: mozilla thunderbird trademark restrictions / still dfsg free ?

On Thu, Dec 30, 2004 at 10:15:05PM +0100, Alexander Sack wrote:
> Andrew Suffield wrote:
> >
> >Neither please. Debian packages should be easily modified by other
> >people, not just us. It doesn't achieve a great deal to replace their
> >trademark with our own.
> >
> OK, let's say I rename the package to 'somebird' and want to produce a good 
> package for debian. Should I use a patched orig.tar.gz or is it ok to 
> distribute the source as provided by upstream (of course without the 
> trademarked icons) and patch the rest (e.g. thunderbird mozilla) during 
> build?

They can't complain about trademarks if the file is the actual
unmodified upstream tarball: accuracy is an ultimate defence against
trademark claims. If it's been modified by removing stuff for
copyright reasons then you might have a problem, depending on how they
restrict use of the trademarks.

The tarball stands alone for this one; the rest of the source package
is irrelevant - if it's okay to distribute the stripped tarball alone,
then it's okay as part of the debian package too. Might be worth
asking them about it.

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