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.
#27 Re: community hunger
Wednesday March 17th, 2004 11:14 AM
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The low quality is only partly the fabric. The iron-on printing process required to make it profitable to do cafepress' low volumes just can not compare to real silk screened printing, mostly because the fixed cost of making the masks for silk screening needs to be recuperated on the shirts sold, and you just can't do that with volumes of less than 100 t-shirts without charging ridiculous prices.
I think there's enough demand for high-quality mozilla shirts, but mozilla.org would need to have the masks made and do the print runs themselves in order to get the prices low enough. And I highly doubt they have the time for something like that right now.