[Pkg-fonts-devel] Bug#492623: ttf-liberation: Trademark prevents modifications

Steve Langasek vorlon at debian.org
Sun Jul 27 19:47:20 UTC 2008

On Sun, Jul 27, 2008 at 09:20:31PM +0200, Julian Andres Klode wrote:
> Package: ttf-liberation
> Version: 1.04~beta2-2
> Severity: important

> Quoting the license:
>     The "LIBERATION" trademark is a trademark of Red Hat, Inc. in the U.S. and other
>     countries. This agreement does not permit Client to distribute modified versions 
>     of the Software using Red Hat's trademarks. If Client makes a redistribution of 
>     a modified version of the Software, then Client must modify the files names to 
>     remove any reference to the Red Hat trademarks and must not use the Red Hat 
>     trademarks in any way to reference or promote the modified Software.

> If you modify the files, you must
>  - Rename the fonts to remove any reference to Liberation
>  - Not install the fonts as liberation
>  - Rename the binary package and the source package
>  - Change the description to remove all references to Liberation and
>    Red Hat.

> This makes updates almost impossible.

This is not the only case of software in Debian under trademarked names that
require a name change on modification.

I don't think there's a bug here.

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