[Mageia-dev] Seamonkey package

Michael Scherer misc at zarb.org
Fri Mar 18 01:17:38 CET 2011

Le vendredi 18 mars 2011 à 01:00 +0100, nicolas vigier a écrit :
> On Thu, 17 Mar 2011, Michael Scherer wrote:
> > Le jeudi 17 mars 2011 à 18:24 -0400, andre999 a écrit :
> > > nicolas vigier a écrit :
> > 
> > > > Also the "do not charge for it" would make it non free (but it does not
> > > > seem to be mentioned in the "Modifications" section, only in the
> > > > "Unaltered Binaries" section).
> > > 
> > > Why would "do not charge for it" make it non-free ?
> > > That doesn't seem to be a requirement of open source.  Although charging 
> > > for it is generally permitted in unmodified open source licenses.
> > 
> > So that mean that someone cannot ask money for selling a cdrom with it,
> > since it would be charging for the software. 
> > 
> > That's clearly a restriction of usage. So we need to rebrand it.
> It seems this restriction only applies to "Unaltered Binaries"
> distribution.

Yup, but then for altered binaries, we just cannot use the brand, see
"modification" :

"If you're taking full advantage of the open-source nature of Mozilla's
products and making significant functional changes, you may not
redistribute the fruits of your labor under any Mozilla trademark,
without Mozilla's prior written consent."

I do understand their position, and I also know that they need to defend
their trademark ( as not doing would prevent them from defending later,
as some lawyer explained to me one day ), so I do not blame them.

But if we wish to respect their policy ( and that's what we both wish ),
we will likely need to change the name, or to move it to tainted or
non-free ( because either trademark issues preventing distribution or
removal of a basic freedom would be a reason to do so ).
Michael Scherer

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