[arch-general] Firefox graphics licensed under MPL

Xavier Chantry chantry.xavier at gmail.com
Sun May 2 18:07:54 CEST 2010

On Sun, May 2, 2010 at 5:26 PM, 甘露(Gan Lu) <rhythm.gan at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, May 2, 2010 at 7:47 PM, Denis Kobozev <d.v.kobozev at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi archers,
>> If you believe the comment on Mozilla's bugtracker [1] and the change
>> to the license file [2], the previously non-free Firefox graphics are
>> now licensed under the MPL. Does that mean that we'll be able to have
>> official logo in the supported Firefox package?
>> [1]: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=541761#c3
>> [2]: http://hg.mozilla.org/mozilla-central/rev/99d80bc3f18b
> And NAME of Firefox too?
>> Denis.

Stop dreaming, this only looks like a legal wording change.

If I understood correctly, the name and icon change that most
distributions are forced to do is because of the trademark, not
because of the logo license.
If you are bored, read more about it there :

What is completely retarded about the whole story is that MANY apps
need minor patches and customization in order to build or fit in a
specific system or distribution. There is not much to do about that,
it's not a big problem either, that's just the way it is. Just look at
a LFS install for example and see the number of patches you need, just
to get a basic vanilla linux system up.

Mozilla actually contradicts itself on this matter. These are not
functional changes at all, and somewhere in the tradermark policy, it
is written :
"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 don't see how the minimum set of changes that Arch needs to apply
qualify as significant functional changes, it's VERY far from that.

But just below, the trademark policy then says this :
"Again, any modification to the Mozilla product, including adding to,
modifying in any way, or deleting content from the files included with
an installer, file location changes, added code, modification of any
source files including additions and deletions, etc., will require our
permission if you want to use the Mozilla Marks. If you have any
doubt, just ask us at trademarks at mozilla.com."

Seriously wtf ? Is it any modification, or significant functional
changes ? Make your mind !

PS : IANAL and I only very quickly read a few lines in the above link,
so my interpretation could very well be wrong.

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