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Full Article Attached 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.


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by Shapierian

Wednesday March 17th, 2004 12:09 PM

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Wouldn't it be better to just put [official build] in the titlebar or something like that, in general you can tell if you are getting a good build by where you get it from, if you download it from mozilla.org it's good, if you get it off of kazaa or geocities it's probably not. If you get it from your OS distro (The only place I think you really should get it from, but that's a separate issue) then you should trust it because you trust the distro. The redhat dumped a ton of resources into mozilla [through chris blizzard] and seems to be getting the royal screwjob here. A branded nightly that's buggy would do more damage to reputation than most jow blow builds.

I think this is really a culture clash here between the commercial software world where they just give you binaries and the free software world where thye just give you the source, if you want a binary find one from a reputable source or compile it yourself.