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Mozilla violating the Four Freedoms

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on October 11, 2006 12:34 PM
The Mozilla Public License is supposed to be a free software license, supporting the Four Freedoms.

However, Mozilla states that "any changes to Mozilla's source code will need to be submitted for review, along with a description of a reason for the change; the release must be based on the CVS tag and/or source tarball, including approved patches; build configurations will also require approval;".

This seems to be in direct contravention of the four freedoms. Are there differences between the GPL and MPL which allow this kind of crap? Or should this be another area that the GPL v3 needs to try to tackle?

Given that every<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.DEB-based Linux distribution is going to be affected by this, does the Mozilla Foundation realize the implications of having a large core of their supporters running a variant of their browser called "IceWeasel"?

Seriously, in trying to vigorously defend their trademark (from a friend, no less), they're in fact going to do irreparable damage to the Firefox brand.

Somebody needs to hunt down the MBAs running the Mozilla Foundation and pull the sticks out of their asses.


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