trademarks [was: xulrunner 2.0 in rawhide (F15) bundles several system libs]

Brandon Lozza brandon at
Thu Oct 7 12:36:36 UTC 2010

On 10/6/10, Adam Williamson <awilliam at> wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-10-06 at 16:41 +0200, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
>> However, this here is Fedora, a project that once was aiming at
>> "Freedom" - As trivial as it is, restrictive trademark policies simply
>> do not fit into this philosophy.
> If we don't protect the Fedora trademark, anyone can produce anything
> and call it 'Fedora'. Including something which doesn't fit into our
> philosophy of freedom at all.
> It's really pretty simple: we can only define goals and values and
> blahblah for 'the Fedora project' as long as we actually retain control
> over 'the Fedora project' (that's we as in the Fedora community, not Red
> Hat, BTW) and we can only do that if we control the name 'Fedora'. If
> anyone can make anything and call it 'Fedora', how are people to know
> what comes from the Fedora project and is backed by its values, and what
> doesn't?
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What are you guys going to do if someone does it anyway in a country
where Redhat hasn't registered the Fedora trademark, or countries
where another country already owns the Fedora trademark. Do you think
spammers are going to host in the good old US of A? Bad argument.

Strawman arguments make bad policy change decisions.

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