GPLv3 Appropriate Legal Notices and Restrictive Trademark Grants

David Woolley forums at
Mon Jul 21 21:18:56 UTC 2008

Russ Nelson wrote:

> Misguided.  It's reasonable (and both the GPLv2 and GPLv3 require it)
> to expect people to be told that they are running a modified version
> of your software.  Not granting a trademark license, or granting it
> only under certain conditions, is just another way of making sure that
> people comply with the GPL.

That wasn't the situation here.  As I understand it they actually 
claimed that they made it a requirement that you used their trademark, 
and then made it a condition of using the trademark that you couldn't 
use the software "commercially".  They claimed that the trade mark 
notice was part of the reasonable notices, and therefore the GPL didn't 
allow it to be removed.


David Woolley
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