[Bug 83118] Re: Should provide Iceweasel as some Firefox components are non-free

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at canonical.com
Tue Oct 23 02:34:35 UTC 2007


(Restoring summary. There are several ways in which the actual bug could
be fixed, and providing an Iceweasel package is not one of them, nor
even a definite consequence of one of them.)

** Summary changed:

- Should provide Iceweasel as some Firefox components are non-free
+ Some Firefox components are non-free

** Description changed:

- Binary package hint: firefox
- 
  This is NOT a duplicate of bug 22639.  It is about the recently
  committed fix for bug 68180.  The official Firefox icons are not
  available under an open source license.
  
  Steps to reproduce:
  
  1. Open Firefox
  2. Type "about:license" and click Go
  3. Read the text at the bottom of the page: "Image files containing the trademarks and logos of the Mozilla Foundation, which may not be reproduced without permission. (Copyright ©2004-2006 The Mozilla Foundation. All Rights Reserved.)"
  
  I am NOT claiming that the application is non-free because the name is
  trademarked.  (There are lots of open source applications whose names
  are protected by trademark.)  This bug is NOT claiming that the
  application icons are non-free because they are trademarked.  The
  application icons are non-free because they are Copyright (c) 2004-2006
  The Mozilla Foundation, All Rights Reserved.  The fact that Canonical
  can distribute these icons at all is due to a special arrangement with
  Mozilla.  These rights are specific to Canonical and are not
  automatically transferred to derivative distributions (
  http://www.ubuntu.com/download/derivatives ).
  
  Therefore this package should not be in the "main" repository.
  
  Possible resolutions:
  
  1. Move Firefox package to "restricted" repository
  2. Move Firefox package to "multiverse" repository
  3. Remove Firefox package from Ubuntu altogether
  
  I'd vote for option 1.  It's the least disruptive solution, and it would
  allow Ubuntu to continue shipping Firefox by default without enabling
  additional repositories.
  
  Note that option 4 ("ignore the crazy guy filing bug reports against
  Firefox") is really quite unfair to derivative distributions, which have
  an expectation that packages in the "main" repository are modifiable and
  redistributable without upstream permission.

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Some Firefox components are non-free
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