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.

#44 and by your logic

by warenhaus

Friday May 2nd, 2003 7:25 AM

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so by your logic the bigger bully has the right to steal a stolen name. not to give it back to the poor like robin hood, but to keep it for itself. what kind of logic is that? and if you say the db stole the name, can you cite any complaints or objections to the use of firebird as a trademark for the database?

and if you now say, no, they didn't steal it, because it's a generic word and no trademark at all - well then you can't complain about them (thinking about) going to court, as it surely isn't mozilla who decides what is to be considered a generic word or a trademark.