Canonical’s IPRights Policy incompatible with Ubuntu licence policy

Michael Hall mhall119 at
Fri May 1 23:03:14 UTC 2015

I'm going to go out on a limb and assume I speak for the rest of the CC
when I say that we absolutely do agree that Ubuntu is Free Software and
that Canonical and everybody else should comply with the copyright
licenses of the software that is distributed as part of it. However,
that was not what Jonathan asked of us.

We also believe that Canonical agrees with the above, and that they are
operating in good faith on the belief that they are compliance with it.
Whether or not the policy Canonical has put forward is legally compliant
with one or more copyright licenses in Ubuntu is a legal question that
the CC can not and will not answer.

We are not lawyers, and taking legal stances or giving legal advice is
not in the council's mandate. Please keep that in mind and respect that
everyone in this council cared deeply about Ubuntu, our upstreams and
our derivatives, even if we don't take the action that some people want

Michael Hall
mhall119 at

On 05/01/2015 06:47 PM, Valorie Zimmerman wrote:
> How can it *not* be a CC issue? Jonathan stated the issue very
> clearly. All the CC need do is agree that Ubuntu is Free Software,
> that we continue to respect the four freedoms as we always have.
> What Canonical does is their business of course, and naturally I hope
> that their discussions with the SFLC go well, and that all is
> clarified on their end. Until that happens and their one problematic
> page is changed, the CC can at least be on record standing for
> freedom.
> "Waiting on Canonical" is problematic. Canonical's issues are their
> own. The CC is for US, the Ubuntu Community.
> Valorie
> On Fri, May 1, 2015 at 3:19 PM, Michael Hall <mhall119 at> wrote:
>> It is not a CC issue, we are not privy to the discussions between
>> Canonical and the SFLC.
>> Michael Hall
>> mhall119 at
>> On 05/01/2015 06:17 PM, Jono Bacon wrote:
>>> I don't see this as a CC issue: they are going to be unable to push
>>> this forward very quickly. I would raise this directly with the
>>> trademarks team at Canonical.
>>> On 1 May 2015 at 15:14, Rohan Garg <rohangarg at> wrote:
>>>> I've spoken to the CC previously about this, and I was told that
>>>> Canonical is working with the SFLC to figure something out.
>>>> Last update I have is from 28th October, 2014 where I was informed
>>>> that it's still being worked on and there is no estimate on how long
>>>> it'll take :(
>>>> Regards
>>>> Rohan Garg

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