Mozilla Foundation Open Letter Orders Unofficial Mozilla Merchandise Sellers to Stop, Legal Action Hinted
Tuesday March 16th, 2004
mozilla.org staff member Gervase Markham has posted an open letter to the Mozilla newsgroups addressed to those who sell goods bearing the Mozilla name or logos: "The following is an open letter to anyone selling Mozilla-branded merchandise. It's being posted rather than emailed in the spirit of openness, and to ensure everyone who needs to read it can see a copy."
The letter urges those selling products with the Mozilla insignia to stop and contact the Mozilla Foundation for further discussion on how to proceed. Noting that the retailing of Mozilla-branded wares without permission is an infringment of the Foundation's trademark rights, the letter hints that legal action may taken against those who refuse to heed the advice. Read the full article to see the complete letter.
> Isn't the mozfoundation's treatment of trademarks entirely incompatible with the gpl and other opensource licenses?
Yes, completely. Our trademarks and logos are not available under open source licenses - rather like the way Red Hat handles branding, as you say. The official logos are in a separate place in the CVS tree, and only pulled and built if you set a configure option which says "I have permission".
> In any case, it seems the foundation is searching high and low for ways to erode the public goodwill and trust which took so long to build up.
How is that so? Surely preserving our trademarks, so they are only used to brand stuff which is of decent quality, is a way of preserving public trust? If you know it's logoed Firefox, you know it's approved by the MF and so good, not some random throw-in-every-extension-and-destabilise build put together by Joe Q. Hacker.