Firebird Database Project Issues New Statement on Naming Debate

Thursday May 1st, 2003

On Tuesday, the Firebird database project's main front page was updated with another statement from the Firebird Admins about the naming controversy. The announcement suggests that the database project's leaders may be satisified if and related sites follow the policy of the Mozilla branding guidelines to the letter and only ever refer to the former Phoenix browser as 'Mozilla Firebird'. According to the update, the Firebird Admins, the FirebirdSQL Foundation committee and the IBPhoenix principals (the IBPhoenix site appears to be down right now) sent a formal letter to on Friday and are awaiting a response.

The statement also links to an assessment of the Firebird database community's legal position, published by the FirebirdSQL Foundation. We were not able to verify the accuracy of this legal advice, which was researched by Pavel Cisar, one of the database project's administrators, and two unnamed legal consultants. Interestingly, the document reveals for the first time that the FirebirdSQL Foundation is considering suing In the past, the group has claimed that they are not interested in taking legal action and could not afford to anyway. The Foundation has also published another summary of how they believe's use of the Firebird name harms the database project.

#13 Where's this blown up out of again?

by GAThrawn

Thursday May 1st, 2003 5:54 PM

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I thought this all blew over before the beginning of this week?

Come on guys live and let live. What is the point in threatening to bring out the lawyers against a temporary internal project name that will essentially be dropped once Moz 1.4 is released and branched off, and the new Mozilla trunk will be based on Mozilla Friebird, Mozilla Thunderbird plus (the as yet un-rebranded) composer, calendar etc.

Sure so people on _Mozilla_ related sites currently just call the offshoot "Firebird", there's a reason for that: it's a _Mozilla_related_site_

And once the Firebird browser becomes the main development branch it will _be_ Mozilla, not Firebird.

Storm in a teacup.