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 mozilla.org 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 mozilla.org 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 mozilla.org. 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 mozilla.org's use of the Firebird name harms the database project.
Friday May 2nd, 2003 3:58 AM
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The flame war is started when an article : 'Phoenix and Minotaur to be renamed Firebird and Thunderbird' dated April 14th was posted as '<http://www.mozillazine.or…alkback.html?article=3075>'.
Mozilla people just were not aware that the keyword 'Firebird' is just like 'Mozilla' is to mozilla.org.
When Borland was one time decided to drop their Interbase product, and open the program sources to the public, several developers have established companies to take over the product. And 'Firebird' is finally formed, and it is a fork of the later Interbase 6.0 open edition.
And the flame war seems ended when the mentioned 'Mozilla branding guidelines' article was posted on April 26th.