Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Oct 2006 14:46 UTC, submitted by brewin
Mozilla & Gecko clones As previously reported, Debian plans to release its newest version, Etch, in December, and wants Mozilla's Firefox Web browser to be part of the distribution. Mozilla, however, told Debian it couldn't release the software without its accompanying artwork. Now a legal expert says that the existing distinctions between copyright and trademark laws should have prevented this from becoming an issue in the first place. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols also discusses the issue.
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RE[2]: Firefox Icon
by Jody on Wed 11th Oct 2006 20:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Firefox Icon"
Jody
Member since:
2005-06-30

The point is that the non-free license for the Firefox artwork really is a big deal for Debian

I guess this is where I disagree with Debian. The logo is trademarked, just like the Firefox name.

They seem to have no issue with using names that are trademarked, but they refuse to use a trademarked logo? (Linux is a trademark of Linus T.)

Even the name Debian is trademarked.

The logo is as much a part of the brand as the name and it I think they are entirely within their right to trademark it.

I'll bet my lunch that Firefox is not the only open source application being passed around that holds a trademark on their logo too.

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RE[3]: Firefox Icon
by B. Janssen on Wed 11th Oct 2006 23:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Firefox Icon"
B. Janssen Member since:
2006-10-11

Posted by "snowbender": >>The point is that the non-free license for the Firefox artwork really is a big deal for Debian<<

Posted by Jody: >I guess this is where I disagree with Debian. The logo is trademarked, just like the Firefox name.<

The point is, it is a licensing issue, not a trademark issue. That's not the same -- and the point of the lawyer in the article.

Edit: fixed quotes

Edited 2006-10-11 23:19

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RE[3]: Firefox Icon
by Michael on Thu 12th Oct 2006 00:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Firefox Icon"
Michael Member since:
2005-07-01

As I understand it...

Debian is not just a product, it's a base for development. Anyone can take Debian and - provided they don't touch non-free - modify and re-distibute it as much as they like without fear of breaching a license.

If someone modifies the Firefox artwork, they breach Mozilla's license. If Firefox goes into non-free, deriviative works can't incorporate it (unless they treat it as a special case and take on any legal hassles themselves). Therefore Debian are forking it to create a completely free version that everyone can use.

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