Free Works, Licenses, Trademark 

This post about Rust and Mozilla bring up a very important question:

Trademark is designed to protect identity. It's so I can't claim to be you and harm your reputation. How does that intersect with my freedom to distribute modified versions of works?

I think the Mozilla trademark is a reasonable action on their part but it does restrict freedom 3. What could they do instead?



Free Works, Licenses, Trademark 

My suggestion would be to explicitly set up a different name/project/trademark that could be used for unofficial modifications and to release work under that project into the commons.

But I'd love to hear what other people have to say.

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Free Works, Licenses, Trademark 

@emacsen That sounds like Chromium. But everyone could create such a light fork with the trademark removed. (e.g. VSCodium)

Free Works, Licenses, Trademark 

@emacsen the most community friendly thing would be to put all the trademarked things into a file or list of files, so that removing trademarked things is trivial and the redistributing party knows they can redistribute without worry of infringement.

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