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.

#28 I agree. Mozilla started the whole legal crap

by paulm

Friday May 2nd, 2003 1:27 AM

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In my opinion (as someone who follows and supports the Mozilla project and has never even looked at the Firebird DB) let us down by taking the line that a legally defensible position is sufficient.

What is legally required is a minimum standard and the project should have strived to not only meet that but also meet acceptible levels of behaviour amoungst the wider open source community of which we are part.

(If it is just a codename then call it "Fawkes" , the Phoenix from Harry Potter and a homonym of "forks" which is mildly amusing and appropriate in that it is a different fork in the development path of a Mozilla Browser).