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Re: node.js has a trademark now

On Fri, Apr 29, 2011 at 08:23:36AM +0200, Jérémy Lal wrote:
> Hi,
> nodejs is packaged in debian [0], along with libnode-* modules [1]
> Today the company owning nodejs announced a new trademark policy [2].

> I understand that :
> * the logo is not a problem, i just have to remove it from the source
>   package (it is not in the binary package)

Why do you think it needs to be removed from the source?

> * the TM symbol must be added in places where Node.js, nodejs, node are
>   written. Can they really trademark the "node" name ?!?

They certainly can trademark the name "node", but why do you think this
trademark requires you to add any ™ symbols anywhere?

> * all node modules must have the following sentence in their copyright :
>     "Node.js is an official trademark of Joyent.
>     This module is not formally related to or endorsed by the official Joyent
>     Node.js open source or commercial project."


> Is that right ? are there more changes to do to stay DFSG ?

No, in fact there should be no changes you need to make to the package as a
result of a trademark license because nothing we do in Debian packaging
infringes trademark.  You should ignore the license terms unless you're
doing something with the name *aside from* packaging that could infringe the

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