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.

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Monday May 5th, 2003 3:47 AM

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> 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.

I'm not complaining, I'm just countering the silly argument that Mozilla is Bullying around some innocent little kid. They are not. What the DB people are doing is to get the free publicity and for the publicity alone.

Considering the DB peoples dishonest agenda and nonvalid claims I can't really understand how some people can be so blind and ignorant as to belive that they would have any chance with this in a court of law (even in US...)