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Re: [opensuse] redistributing opensuse openoffice package
  • From: Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 00:44:01 +0200
  • Message-id: <200610230044.01256.andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Monday 23 October 2006 00:29, Peter Flodin wrote:
> You do realise that for all GPL software you have explicit permission
> from Novell, in writing, to copy and distribute verbatim copies.

Where do you see this?

> If Novell has included their trademarks that does not restrict your
> rights under the GPL, if Novell is claiming anything else they are in
> breach of the GPL, as it does not allow anybody to impose restrictions
> on recipients exercise of the rights granted by the GPL.

This is wrong. Trademarks have nothing whatever to do with copyright, no
copyright license can ever give you the right to use a trademark.

In fact, companies *have* to protect trademarks, or they will lose them.

Red Hat does the same in their packages (witness the repackaging effort done
by CentOS)

You also can't redistribute firefox and call it firefox without permission
from mozilla (witness the Debian debacle). There is a special compilation
switch in firefox that will remove all instances of the name "firefox" from
the program

You also can't redistribute Debian stuff using the name "Debian" without
permission from Debian

Trademarks are wildly different from copyrights, copyrights always apply no
matter what, but trademarks have to be defended or you will lose them.

So no, having to purge the software from Novell trademarks is not a GPL
violation

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