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Re: trademark licenses and DFSG

On Tue, Oct 11, 2011 at 09:11:21AM +0900, Charles Plessy wrote:
> Le Sun, Oct 09, 2011 at 08:02:01PM +0200, Stefano Zacchiroli a écrit :

> > My own proposal, that I submit to your consideration, is as follows:

> > - DFSG applies to copyright license; trademark restrictions should not
> >   make a package DFSG non-free (philosophical part)

> > - however, trademark restrictions that get in the way of "usual Debian
> >   procedures" should not be accepted in the Debian archive (practical
> >   part)

> 	The DFSG stem from our Social Contract, where they are introduced as a
> tool to determine if a work is free.  We can decide that they apply to
> copyright licenses only, and that would leave on our archive
> administrators the burden of determining  if a trademark license is free.

No, it would not, because *Debian is not in the practice of licensing

The controlling principle is that we are not trading on the names of the
upstream works and as a result we have no need of a license - so it doesn't
matter what kind of hare-brained restrictions upstreams include in their
trademark licenses because we don't need a license.

A trademark license is a license to use a *brand*, not a license on a work
of software.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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