Re: trademark licenses and DFSG
* Stefano Zacchiroli <firstname.lastname@example.org> [111010 13:58]:
> > Note that I am not talking about violating the terms of a trademark
> > *license* here, which I maintain we generally have no reason to seek
> > (or accept), but about whether such use infringes actual trademark
> > rights directly.
> Whether the license part is relevant or not depends on the extent of
> fair use that can be granted to Debian packaging. For instance, I've
> little doubts that distributing unmodified upstream code would
> constitute fair use and hence grant us to reuse upstream marks in both
> package names and in the application itself. But when you start changing
> the code --- either in functional or non-functional ways --- the point
> that you're outside trademark fair use can be made.
I think the fundamental question here is: Which uses of a name are
restricted by trademark laws?
Clearly a trademark restricts how it can be used in advertisements
or anything being like advertisements (like things printed on the
package of some shelved DVDs).
The question is: What else is restricted? Are package names?
Are window titles? Are directory names? Are things mentioned in some
I doubt any lawyer can really answer this, but it's still something we
should seek an answer for.
Bernhard R. Link
 note I used "how" and not "if" or "whether".