[Fwd: FW: For Approval: Generic Attribution Provision]

Brian Behlendorf brian at collab.net
Wed Dec 13 17:21:03 UTC 2006

On Tue, 12 Dec 2006, Larry M. Augustin wrote:
> I don't believe you need a license to the trademark Foo to say a piece of
> software is "Foo-based", "derived from Foo", or "based on Foo".  That's
> simply an expression of fact describing the origin of the code in the
> derivative work.  I believe you could require attribution of that form
> without granting a license to the trademark.

That's what led me to think the same thing about logos - the web has tons 
of little box logos, e.g. "get Firefox", "IE 5.0 only" (hah), "created by 
WordPress", etc., and no one's telling those holders their marks are at 


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