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Re: "Debian" Core Consortium

On Mon, Jul 25, 2005 at 09:42:36PM +0200, Florian Weimer wrote:
> * John Hasler:

> > Ian writes:
> >> "My response" has to do more with how that trademark policy appears to be
> >> inconsistent with Debian's founding goals.

> > I suspect that any effective trademark policy is going to be
> > inconsistent with Debian's founding goals.

> In general, we don't have to address this with a trademark policy.
> The wrath of a dozen or so Debian developers is probably sufficient.
> A trademark policy could reduce that risks for those wanting to use
> the name "Debian", but it's hard to believe that we would come up with
> a policy that is generally agreed upon.  And there's still the issue
> of freedom.

> At the heart, the problem shown by the present example is not even a
> trademark problem.  Some organization could claim they form the core
> of Debian, in a way that uses the mark legitimately.  Even in this
> case, we should point out that such claims are false.

I highly doubt this is true.  Such a use of the Debian name sounds very much
to me like it would be actionable.

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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