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.
#53 Re: overdoing?
Monday March 22nd, 2004 10:50 AM
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I don't think that it's a cultural issue at all. It is primarily a legal issue, which many people have already commented on, so I won't go into that. Aside from the legal aspects, the Mozilla Foundation must also protect it's reputation as a responsible merchant. Allowing unauthorized products based on Mozilla Foundation's trademarks undermines that position because there is no way to ensure the quality of those unauthorized products. Such products, because of their inferior quality and apparent affiliation with the Mozilla Foundation, may cause people to lose respect for the Foundation and it's official products. That is a very real concern whatever your culture.