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Re: mozilla thunderbird trademark restrictions / still dfsg free?

MJ Ray <mjr@dsl.pipex.com> wrote:
> Matthew Garrett <mgarrett@chiark.greenend.org.uk> wrote:
>> I don't see why. We don't require that trademark licenses be granted to
>> our users in any case - us having an extra permission above and beyond
>> the freedoms we expect for our users doesn't seem to be a problem.
> We're distributing some files which cannot be modified and
> distributed if MF considers the resulting work "confusingly
> similar". Are there many other packages afflicted by such
> agressive registered trademarks? The other one which I remember
> is Apache and I think their trademark was another source of
> tension once.

But we're also distributing files that the user can't modify without
renaming, so I'm not entirely sure what the issue is. If Mozilla's
/copyright/ license said "You may not modify this without renaming it,
unless you have a separate agreement with us", would you object to
Debian having permission to call the code Mozilla? Would you object if
we then distributed it under that name, even if our users didn't have
permission to do so?

Matthew Garrett | mjg59-chiark.mail.debian.legal@srcf.ucam.org

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