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Re: Firefox trademark shenanigans (Re: Any chance of getting Firefox 2.0 into rawhide/FC6?)

Evandro Fernandes Giovanini wrote:
Em Sáb, 2006-10-14 às 03:59 +0530, Rahul Sundaram escreveu:
Evandro Fernandes Giovanini wrote:

Mozilla doesn't have to make the Firefox logo non-free to protect its
trademark. I know the Debian people even suggested this to Mozilla, but
they refused to relicense it anyway.

I am really curious to know how a completely free to modify logo can be protected by trademarks.

It's definitely possible. For example, according to [1], the
redhat-artwork package is under the GPL. That doesn't mean it's not
protected by trademarks.

Also, see the comments from Larry Rosen on [2]. I think they make the
issue quite clear.

This isnt very informative. The RPM package license tags are merely indicative of the licenses and cannot be held as authoritative legal information. We have in many occasions seen packages where the license tags were incorrect. If you have more specific information about the kind of licenses for logos which would allow to protect trademarks while allowing free modifications, I would interested to know that.

All of the open source projects that I know of which care about trademarks has a restrictive copyright license on the logo.


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