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Re: Inbound trademark policy, round 3

On Wed, 09 Jan 2013, Uoti Urpala wrote:
> Ian Jackson wrote:
> >  1. DFSG principles should apply.
> IMO taking this as a starting point is completely wrong. DFSG
> guarantees that incompetent and malicious people may freely modify
> the software. For trademarks to have any meaning at all,
> distributing those modified versions under the original trademark
> must not be allowed.

This problem and the compromise which allows escape from it is already
present in the DFSG. (Require renaming upon modification.)

We must start from the principles in the DFSG. If we decide that
specific principles in the DFSG need to be altered to account for the
realities and/or necessities of trademark(s), we should examine those
differences and then alter the DFSG accordingly.

> While I can see the rationale for wishing to avoid Debian-specific
> licenses, I doubt adding such a restriction would ultimately be
> beneficial.

The reason why this restriction is beneficial is because it allows the
hundreds of distributions which are based on Debian to modify
software, etc. [But feel free to argue that this benefit is not worth
the cost to Debian in rebranding affected software.]

Don Armstrong

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