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Re: Use of the Debian name for websites

On Thu, 10 Feb 2005 13:51:45 -0600, Josh King <josh@dotmil.org> wrote:
> Well, our plan calls for more of a "portal" style setup. The forums
> would be one part of several other areas (i.e. the usuals of news,
> graphics/dekstop backgrounds, etc.). Additional features and areas will
> be added as requested by the site's members. The central idea here is to
> provide a portal that is flexable and is designed around the idea of
> welcoming new users, and providing what they want/need to get started.

With the exception of the graphics/desktop backgrounds,
http://www.debianhelp.org seems to already offer this.

> Is there another license then that should be used in place of the GFDL?
> Creative Commons? Something else?

The current consensus[1] appears to be that none of the Creative
Commons licenses are DFSG-free. Concerning what should be used in the
GFDL's stead, I concur with MJ's recommendations.

> As for using the Debian name in a domain and site name, is such
> permission required? If so, how can I obtain such permission?

Provided that you're not using the name in association with any
commercial venture[2], I really wouldn't worry about it. The likes of
http://www.debianhelp.org, http://www.debianforum.de and
http://www.aboutdebian.com have been happily making use of the Debian
name for quite some time and have yet to incur the Project's wrath.

[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2004/07/msg01193.html
[2] http://lists.debian.org/debian-project/2005/01/msg00263.html

Andrew Saunders

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