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[steering-discuss] Re: Trademark Policy of the Document Foundation


Le 21/01/11 16:41, Charles-H. Schulz a écrit :

Hi  all,

A lightning speed reading of the guidelines brought the following
thought to my mind :

"If you are selling services for TDF software (for example, support),
you may not tie the download of the product with the purchase of the
service. The download of TDF product using TDF Trademark may not be
connected in any way to the purchase of a service.

You must provide a statement that (i) TDF software is available for free
and link directly to our site; (ii) the purchase of your service is
separate from the download of TDF software; and (iii) your service is
not affiliated with TDF. "

This does not cover the case where, as at present with OOo, you have
scurrilous people offering downloads (for Windows installers) which,
although not requiring the user to sign up for a paid contract (and yes,
I know that these exist too), do require the user to pay for an
activation code.

This can be argued as not providing a service, but rather as a product
sale, depending on how strictly the term "service" is interpreted in a
given jurisdiction. It might be wise to enlarge the coverage of the
above to include forbidding tying activation codes to downloads where
the mark(s) are represented.

I will go over the guidelines again and post again here once I have had
a deeper think about it all.


Alex


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