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Re: Linux mark extortion

On Fri, Jun 17, 2005 at 02:36:52PM -0400, Stephen Frost wrote:
> * Bruce Perens (bruce@perens.com) wrote:
> > The userlinux project has been approached by the Linux Mark Institute
> > with a demand for money in order to make use of the "Linux" trademark.
> > Said demand would also apply to the Debian project. I believe their
> > terms to be non-DFSG-compliant. See http://www.linuxmark.org/ . Debian
> > has made historicial use of the mark GNU/Linux and has a right to
> > continue to do so.

> I'm not entirely sure that what Debian does wouldn't fall under the
> "descriptive use" concept.  "Debian GNU/Linux" is more like "Debian for
> GNU/Linux" than "DebianLinux".  Personally I couldn't care less about
> removing "GNU/Linux" from the 'name' of the Debian product (not that I'm
> entirely sure I'd even consider it part of the name, but whatever).
> That would seem to alliviate this issue regardless.

> Of course, other alternatives would be to ask if they'd let us have a
> license without the costs, given that we're a not-for-profit, etc.

Non-Profit Tier

Annual Fee – US$200/year for each SUBLICENSEE MARK incorporating the

Applicable to

    * Not-for-profit entities registered under applicable law.



Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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