Canonical’s IPRights Policy incompatible with Ubuntu licence policy

Daniel Holbach daniel.holbach at
Mon May 4 08:27:23 UTC 2015


On 04.05.2015 04:48, Benjamin Kerensa wrote:
> Do we have any documentation of what and what not the CC can take on? Or
> is the list made up on the fly?
> Why can the CC not take on this very important issue but expects somehow
> a individual contributor can? To me that makes very little sense and
> some explanation would be great.

The Community Council oversees community processes and governance in
general, but is in no position to give legal advise or go to court if
necessary. That's simply not part of its mission statement and shouldn't
be in my mind, as almost everybody on the CC is a volunteer in the

It's very easy for others to demand what "the CC should be doing" when
it's not your hours spent on the subject.

If anybody has a specific case where their project is hindered or
blocked, bring it up with Canonical Legal. Mint brought up their case
and it was resolved to their favour. It's in Ubuntu's interest in
general, if the trademark can be defended if necessary and the rules are
not too lax.

Have a great day,

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