On Monday 16 May 2011 20:25:02 Alberto Passalacqua wrote:
1) "To ensure this is the case, we reserve the right to revoke your
permission at any time."
I would specify who decides this and how, so to make the process more
transparent and let the reader know immediately who to ask for info.
In the past requests were sent back and forth mainly because who
requested permission did not have a clear idea of who was responsible
of taking care of this, since it was not written in the guidelines.
We have a "contact" section in the guidelines, which tells where to direct
questions and requests. Of course this contact has to be responsive, but
that's out of the scope of the actual guidelines.
2) "Partial instructions on how to remove some
trademark uses of the
openSUSE Marks from openSUSE can be found at..."
Would it be possible to have a list of "complete instructions" so that
if you follow those strictly, you are compliant and the process is
sped up, at least in some cases?
It is very ambiguous to have statements like "partial instructions are
..." and "We cannot, however, tell you categorically what will and
qualify as a "fair use.", especially if you have to deal with a legal
office which won't let you take any risk. I know common sense should
apply, but it does not happen when it comes these things, and such
ambiguous statements simply make it harder for the contributor. In the
case of the trademark, where is the trademark registered should tell
you what is fair use too, for example. In other words also for this it
would be useful to have some definite set of cases when it is clearly
The problem is that it's really hard to list complete instructions and define
"fair use" generally, as it depends on your situation. The guidelines already
contain a lot of pretty concrete rules. I think, at least for now, that's as
good as we can do. Maybe we can put some more thoughts and effort into a later
revision of the guidelines.
Cornelius Schumacher <cschum(a)suse.de>
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