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Re: license issuse in qterm



On Thu, 10 Jan 2008 18:10:34 +0000 John Halton wrote:

> On Jan 10, 2008 8:52 AM, Bas Wijnen <wijnen@debian.org> wrote:
> > >       and if the derived work is incompatible with the protocol
> > >       description in the RFC file, it must be called by a name other
> > >       than "ssh" or "Secure Shell".
> >
> > This may be a problem.  However, to me it seems this just clarifies how
> > he thinks about the use of his trademarks.  They're probably not
> > registered, but they still have some protection (assuming he is the
> > right person to claim them).  If he wants to use these names as
> > trademarks, AFAIK he is allowed to.
> 
> I agree. The restriction relates to (probably unregistered) trade
> marks rather than copyright. It may be inconvenient in some
> circumstances, and could be expressed more clearly, but it's not
> non-free.

IMO, the problem was not non-freeness, but GPL-compatibility.

This is a name-change restriction, phrased as if it were a condition
for getting copyright-related permissions (because it's placed directly
under the copyright notice, inside what looks very much like a
copyright permission notice), even though it's related to unregistered
trademarks.
Is such a restriction compatible with the GNU GPL?

As usual: IANAL, TINLA, IANADD, TINASOTODP.

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