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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.


#81 no, you didnt understand

by joschi

Monday May 5th, 2003 12:35 PM

You are replying to this message

let me quote myself since you seem to not have noticed this text before:

"for years they [firebird sql] did nothing about "enforcing" it because they had no right to, as the Firebird BBS people clearly predated their use of it."

if the firebird sql people *ever* had a right to the exclusive use of the word firebird (imho they never did) then by your own argument, they threw that out the window when they failed to enforce it against all the other software projects using the name. for *years* they did nothing to "enforce" their "claim" ... if they ever had a chance, they already blew it.