Using the Debian trademark for good


At the Software Freedom Institute, we were a little bit shocked to receive the trademark so quickly, it almost caught us off guard.

Nonetheless, after a few days careful contemplation, it became clear in my mind how I should use the powers that come with the trademark.

Using whatever legal authority this trademark gives me within the jurisdiction of Switzerland, I'm making the following executive orders:

  1. To avoid confusion with the outcome of the recent Debian elections, I will not be using the title Debian Project Leader and I will permit Jonathan Carter to use this title when he visits Switzerland. Nonetheless, I am reserving Director of Debianism for myself.
  2. The Debian CoC is violating my trademark. It is a micky-mouse instrument that merely purports to impersonate the codes of genuine professional bodies. It is hereby declared to be null and void.
  3. With the CoC out of the way, I can now get down to serious business. Linus Torvalds and Dr Richard Stallman are granted the title of Honorary Debian Developer.
  4. The following phrase in the Debian Diversity Statement is revised: The Debian Project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone will now become The Debian Project welcomes and encourages participation by everyone, including Linus Torvalds, Dr Richard Stallman and all the other people we gagged, banned, censored, defamed and ostracized over the years.
  5. The definition of Debian Developer includes everybody who has a copyright interest in any Debian release, past or present.
  6. Anybody who meets the above definition of Debian Developer has a right to use the name Debian in domain names.

Now that is out of the way I have some regular work to do fixing bugs.

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