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Re: Are Debian logos still non-free?



On Sun, 20 Feb 2005 21:12:37 +0000 Andrew Suffield wrote:

> Formally stated, it's approximately "trademarks cannot make a work
> strictly non-free, but you may have to replace all instances of the
> trademark with something else". Depending on circumstances, this may
> be an implicit change-the-name clause (which is okay), or it may be
> some trivial but boring work required to generate a free package.

The former is DFSG-free in the first place, the latter can be made
DFSG-free (by stripping all trademark instances, a part from the name)
but is non-free (before the `operation').
Is that what you mean?

With this in mind, I would say Debian wants to stay in the former kind
of trademark encumbered works...
Thus, no trademarked logos in main or contrib, right?
Only the name "Debian", so that it's reasonably easy to derive, say,
Ubuntu without infringing SPI trademark rights...


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