Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Mar 2014 23:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The Mozilla Foundation has begun an investigation after tech juggernaut Dell appeared to be asking customers to pay GBP 16.25 ($27) to install its free web browser Firefox on newly purchased Dell kit.

What.

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RE[3]: On Dell's side
by JLF65 on Thu 6th Mar 2014 19:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: On Dell's side"
JLF65
Member since:
2005-07-06

Which is still against Mozilla's license for Firefox.

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RE[4]: On Dell's side
by jessesmith on Thu 6th Mar 2014 20:10 in reply to "RE[3]: On Dell's side"
jessesmith Member since:
2010-03-11

It is not. I just read through their trademark license and there is nothing preventing anyone from performing an installation service (for a fee), so long as the binary files are not altered. This is a pretty clear cut legal issue, assuming Dell is offering to install Firefox from the Mozilla repositories and is not offering to actually sell the browser , they are perfectly within the limits of the license.

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RE[5]: On Dell's side
by Alfman on Thu 6th Mar 2014 20:36 in reply to "RE[4]: On Dell's side"
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

jessesmith,

It is not. I just read through their trademark license and there is nothing preventing anyone from performing an installation service (for a fee)


What is your source for that information?

When I go to Help -> About -> End User Rights
"You are not granted any trademark rights or licenses to the trademarks of the Mozilla Foundation or any party, including without limitation the Firefox name or logo. Additional information on trademarks may be found here."

"Here" is a link which goes to:

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/foundation/trademarks/policy/

If you are using the Mozilla Mark(s) for the unaltered binaries you are distributing, you may not charge for that product. By not charging, we mean the Mozilla product must be without cost and its distribution (whether by download or other media) may not be subject to a fee, or tied to subscribing to or purchasing a service, or the collection of personal information. If you want to sell the product, you may do so, but you must call that product by another nameā€”one unrelated to Mozilla or any of the Mozilla Marks (see the sections on "Modifications" and "Related Software" below). Remember that we do not want the public to be confused.



Mozilla is well within it's rights to deny use of it's trademarks to anyone at all for any reason whatsoever. I don't see how Dell has much of a leg to stand on.

Maybe the confusion is coming from the copyrights under the MPL (which doesn't prohibit reselling the software) versus the rights related to Mozilla's trademark.

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