Article: "Fixing linux" - opinions?

MJ Ray mjr at
Sat Dec 13 20:03:08 UTC 2008

simo <simo.sorce at> wrote:
> On Sat, 2008-12-13 at 08:38 +0000, Noah Slater wrote:
> > No, you cannot modify the artwork and redistribute.
> This is plainly false, as long as you don't use the trademarks you can.

Here's the complete artwork license in the Mozilla Firefox source tree:-

You are not granted rights or licenses to the trademarks of the
Mozilla Foundation or any party, including without limitation the
Firefox name or logo.

For more information, see: 


So, it only speaks of trademarks and doesn't grant *any* permissions.
As it stands, you cannot modify the artwork and redistribute and this
is intentional: you do not have the freedom to redistribute modified
versions of what is called Mozilla Firefox - it is not free software.
Happily, you can cut lumps out and call that free software, but that
means only a subset of Firefox is free software.

Some of my previous summaries of this topic:-

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