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Re: mozilla thunderbird trademark restrictions / still dfsg free?

Gervase Markham <gerv@mozilla.org> wrote:
> - The default build for Firefox and Thunderbird uses non-trademarked
>    logos

Are you sure? The graphics seem to have the words "Firefox" in them,
which doesn't seem a permitted use of the trademark to me.

> - The names can be found in files called brand.dtd and brand.properties
>    http://lxr.mozilla.org/mozilla/find?string=browser.*brand
>    (for Firefox)

Ah, I found another directory mozilla/dist/branding as well as the
mozilla/other-licenses/branding one that I knew about. Which of
these are actually used?

Still the About box and about: page have Firefox graphics. Grrr.
Where do they come from?

> This should change the vast majority of instances. There are a few it 
> doesn't; these are either bugs or unavoidable due to the words being in 
> other pieces of code, like the installer. But try that and see how far 
> you get.

Well, the titlebar and some of the names are now correct.

I still have a browser that uses the Firefox trademark repeatedly
to describe itself. Can I distribute it? Is MF implicitly licensing
the trademarks by making it so hard to remove them when performing
acts permitted by the copyright licence?

Actually, I have no idea whether implicit trademark licences exist.
I was only told about implicit patent licences last year. I'd rather
not rely on that idea if I don't have to ;-)

Amusingly, the "About FireWWW" box says it is copyright
contributors, but pressing the credits button displays a box
empty apart from "FireWWW \n The browser, reloaded".  How do
Mozilla contributors feel about not being credited on the
About box at all?


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