Full Article Attached Firebird Database Project Admin Ann Harrison Interviewed

Monday April 21st, 2003

It's been a long and intense week since announced that the Phoenix browser has been renamed Firebird, to the dismay of much of the Firebird database community. In this interview with MozillaZine, Ann Harrison, an administrator of the Firebird database project and a partner in IBPhoenix, gives her thoughts on the dispute.

#136 Re: 'Phoenix renamed to Mozilla Firebird'

by Zardoz <>

Thursday April 24th, 2003 7:50 AM

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If a database project were to name their database Mozilla, don't you think there might be some confusion? It has to do with clear separation of projects. If a company makes Firebird cars, and another makes Firebird software, there will be no confusion. If two companies make Firebird software, regardless of whether one is a database and one is a browser, there will be confusion. Just as Adobe has multiple software products (Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, etc.) so to multiple Firebird products, Browser, Database, widget, will seem to come from the same company/group, since it is recognized that trademarks within the same genre do not overlap. This issue will most likely go to court unless Mozilla changes the browser name. Frankly, I suspect that the "months of discussion and further months of legal investigation" line is, to put it nicely, wildly inaccurate and more likely involved a bunch of emails over that period, hardly constant discussion. I am sure it will all come out during discovery.