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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.


#45 maybe not

by joschi

Monday April 28th, 2003 1:56 PM

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hrm, i thought when they said they "went through AOL legal" for the name that they meant that had gotten the trademark, i guess not. as far as mozilla infringing on the name that firebird sql "stole" from firebird bbs, i think you need to go do some more homework about trademark law. a software trademark does not apply to all software, further, generic terms like "windows" or "firebird" are substantially weaker as trademarks (see the Lindows case for a nice example).