[Mageia-dev] Seamonkey package

nicolas vigier boklm at mars-attacks.org
Fri Mar 18 02:11:12 CET 2011

On Thu, 17 Mar 2011, andre999 wrote:

> Romain d'Alverny a écrit :
>> On Fri, Mar 11, 2011 at 10:51, nicolas vigier<boklm at mars-attacks.org>  wrote:
>>> On Fri, 11 Mar 2011, Romain d'Alverny wrote:
>>>> Wasn''t there a license change regarding the Firefox logo in the end
>>>> of 2010, that was related to this?
>>> Yes :
>>> http://glandium.org/blog/?p=933
>> Right, thanks. But that doesn't solve the trademark usage issue,
>> actually. So the question is still open.
>> Romain
> First of all, for a short period of time Mozilla seemed to require special 
> permission to do _any_ redistribution based on Mozilla source code, a 

No, they required permissions only when using their trademark. The
source code is free software, and can be used without permission.

> situation which was a response to commercial sites grossly abusing Mozilla 
> software, essentially defrauding end-users in the name of Mozilla.
> Subsequently they clarified their policy (but forgot to update their site 
> for a while.)
> (The iceweavel project, created in reaction to this problem, died shortly 
> after Mozilla clarified their policy.)

The iceweavel project is still alive, and still used in Debian at the
moment, so it did not die shortly after Mozilla clarified their policy.

And Mozilla did not change their policy. What they changed is the license
of the logo, which was not available under a free license but is now
available under the MPL, GPL or LGPL license (but still protected by
trademark, which is different than copyright).

> According to their site, the clarified policy says essentially that
> as long as
> 1) we don't modify the source code (other than applying Mozilla-originated 
> patches, which we can do by updating from their cvs), and
> 2) we don't charge for the code,
> we can redistribute Mozilla products using the name, trademarks and logos.

The "don't charge" is only for Unaltered Binaries distribution.

> As far as I know, Mandriva has never modified the source code, other than 
> applying Mozilla security patches.  And I don't see us at Mageia wanting to 
> do so either.

As already said, our package includes some small patches :

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