Re: Logo trademark license vs. copyright license
On Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 06:26:01PM -0400, Nathanael Nerode wrote:
> Actually, I believe we specifically want to authorize "diminishing the
> distinctiveness" or "harming the reputation". Trademark dilution and
> trademark libel suits are not appropriate for free software, if they are
> ever appropriate.
I disagree. Not being able to protect the trademark against misuse that
reflects badly on Debian seriously diminishes the value of holding such a
trademark at all.
> Use of a trademark to harm the reputation of the trademark holder is an
> essential right for those who wish to attack the trademark holder for
> what they see as bad behavior.
Hrm, there is a difference between *referencing* a trademark when
criticizing the holder, and *using* the mark, in trade, in a way that
reflects badly on Debian. TTBOMK, it is always legal under US trademark law
to make nominative use of a trademark, whether for criticism or otherwise.
> We just want to disallow actual infringement, not these other things.
I don't know who the "we" is on whose behalf you're speaking here.
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