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Firebird Database Project Admin Apologises to mozilla.org for Mailbombing

Saturday April 26th, 2003

In an update to an earlier article, IBPhoenix is reporting that Ann Harrison of the Firebird database project has apologised to mozilla.org Staff for "problems a mailbombing may have caused". The apology was made at the request of the Debian project's Jonathan Walther, who has offered to mediate in the dispute. The article also reports that the Firebird Admins and the FirebirdSQL Foundation are trying to open a more formal channel of communication with mozilla.org.


#13 i don't understand

by warenhaus

Sunday April 27th, 2003 2:38 AM

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i don't understand the Trademark issue that was pointed out, that a non-restricted TM applies to the whole class of products it's in, which is in this case Class 9. if so, how could the Moz lawyers, if they were aware of FbDB (the should have been), say it's ok? the construction of 2 different product categories in copyright law ("browser" and "Database") that was made here by various posters seems very artificial to me, as i would put it all under "software product" and it seems that even that is too narrow, Class9 being much broader.

the name FbDB chose back then has nothing to do with the current issue. even if it had, it seems that in TM-law, people have to actively defend their trademarks, and if noone objected the use of "firebird" for a database, that's their problem. (besides, FbBBS seems to be in chinese language, so it's not used in as many countries as Mozilla or FbDB are.)