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.
by wvh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday March 18th, 2004 8:33 AM
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My girlfriend makes screened (negatives with UV light) t-shirts. It really ain't that expensive to do, I have many unique shirts that definately did not come out of a 100 t-shirt batch (then again, that's manual work, ofcourse). In fact, considering she hates ironing, it actually is easier than the iron-on method. ;)
I think Mozilla management is exaggerating here. It should not forget it's opensource and goodwill roots. Perhaps this is a cultural issue - I think this is mostly an US practice. It certainly *looks* very unkind to me, no matter what rights you have, and it's something that ever so slightly makes me not want to be associated with Mozilla and would give me a bad impression if I wouldn't know the project better.