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.
#45 Re: overdoing?
by wvh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Thursday March 18th, 2004 8:43 AM
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And how does this exactly apply to a little t-shirt? The law, the law... Is this the (in)famous US free market system? :)
A t-shirt or a Debian package is not an alternative browser or trademark infringement, IMHO. In fact, if I want to have a Mozilla t-shirt for some weird reason, I'll make it myself, for myself. If the Mozilla foundation does not like this, they can kindly crawl up my ass, where companies like MS and SCO already enjoy the party.
Why would anybody who really *wants* a mozilla t-shirt and knows what it is, buy it elsewhere anyway?