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.
#22 community hunger
Wednesday March 17th, 2004 5:43 AM
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Glad to see a "cease and desist" letter as friendly as letters should be.
I guess the main reason for this pirate merchandisers is that there's a big demand for Mozilla stuff and people will grab it from where they found it. And I say pirates because they don't do any work at all, at least the CafePress hosted shops: art has been done by someone else and distribution is made by CafePress. All they have to do is upload the image(s) and select merchandise they want to "offer".
I would prefer printing images in a transfer and ironing my own t-shirts, or going to Walgreen's to do the same while Mozilla prepares its store. People has complained in various forums that Cafe Press items are low quality. Higher quality is the main reason (other is building the logistics) why it takes longer for the store to prepare merchandise. Anyway, hurry up, mozsource! Throw as a bone! Or a schedule!