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Bug#129285: kde-i18n: possibly has a trademark issue

On 15/01/02, Josip Rodin wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 15, 2002 at 12:06:13AM +0100, Martin Michlmayr wrote:
> > You're probably aware that SuSE was ordered for a short while to stop
> > shipping their Linux distribution because the krayon program clashed
> > with the "Crayon" trademark.  (See
> > http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/data/ray-09.01.02-000/ for the
> > full story.)

> As far as I understood the issue, it's essentially due to a weird German law
> that allows for extortion because of the long injunction. The trademark
> issue is frivolous.

It may sound frivolous to you, but it should be taken serious, because
it may affect us in the future.

> Unless they sue Debian mirror maintainers in Germany, there's nothing to
> worry about. 

Pardon? You really want to wait to see peope who maintain Debian mirrors
get sued just because they mirrored Debian and Debian refused to take
care of the issue before?

> Frankly, I doubt they would care to do that since our sponsors
> wouldn't be hurt by that (other than the fact they'd have to temporarily

If the lawyer of the company decides to sue any seller of Debian, it
will surely hurt them. And I think we should prevent this by taking care
of this issue now. 

> stop mirroring the package, and appear in court to say "they're nuts!"), but
> hey...

No, it would be that only, they would also receive a fine which can
either be lots of money for them or even a term of imprisonment.

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