Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on October 12, 2006 06:16 AM
Read carefully: "I don't think that this should be a debate. We merely have to understand that copyright and trademark involve entirely different rights. A license to one of those isn't necessarily a license to the other."
The code licenses exclusively cover copyright issues, and they do well there and grant all the OSS freedoms you need. They do NOT cover trademark issues, and so there may be stuff in the code that may be free from a copyright perspective, but not from a trademark perspective. Note that this is true for lots of code actually *shipped* by Debian, only that other trademark holders seem to not apply rules as strong as the Mozilla Foundation does with the Firefox trademark. But the reason for this is simple, as Firefox has grown very fast to be a very highly visible trademark.