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Re: Re: Re: Re: [opensuse] redistributing opensuse openoffice package
  • From: "Peter Flodin" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 08:29:54 +1000
  • Message-id: <8be044e30610221529o184dfb0dgb3e60299eea32616@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
On 10/6/06, Marcel Mourguiart <mourguiart@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
2006/10/5, Jordi Massaguer i Pla <jordi.massaguer@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> > Novell is allowing to use his trademarks property only with suse linux
> > with out modifications. If you are doing modifications or want to
> > distribute another piece of software, then you need to _ask permission
> > to Novell_ because the distribution of software separately from suse
> > is not cover but this licence.
> So either have Novell permision or remove the trademarks. Isn't it?

That right, those two are you choices.

You do realise that for all GPL software you have explicit permission
from Novell, in writing, to copy and distribute verbatim copies.

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.

The GPL of course doesn't apply to anything outside the software, so
there are other trade laws in many countries that would apply on how
you then can then legally describe these distributions without
breaching Novells rights in their trademarks and patterns.

Peter Flodin
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