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DCC usage of "Debian" trademark



OK, I'm convinced. I will call Ian on Monday and urge him to take the name "Debian" out of the group's title.


    Thanks

    Bruce

Philip Hands wrote:
Anthony Towns wrote:
  
On Tue, Aug 09, 2005 at 11:34:41AM -0700, Bruce Perens wrote:

    
This latest round was provoked by the DCC announcement. I participated
in the DCCA meeting yesterday evening. The organization has agreed to
call themselves the Debian Common Core Association in order to make it
more clear that they aren't in control of Debian. If other changes are
required, they will be cooperative.
      
Personally, I don't think any external project should be putting the
words "core" and "Debian" together, whether its led by Ian Murdock or
not.
    

Hear! Hear!  I couldn't agree more.

This sort of hijacking of our name is the reason for having a trademark on
it -- We should clearly protect our users from the confusion that the DCC
name is bound to cause by issuing a cease & desist letter forthwith.

It beggars belief that anyone with more than a passing acquaintance with
The Debian Project would think that they had a right to set something up
calling it Debian Core _anything_, whether they sought approval from the
project as a whole or not.

To present it as a fait accomplis was bound to cause bad feeling, which I
think is evidence of either malicious intent or stunning lack of
imagination for the consequences of one's actions -- either way I don't see
how we can trust them to be issuing statements which will be perceived by
the world to have come from the project.

Cheers, Phil.
  

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