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Re: Juridical problems
In message <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
>When hacking the install I stumbled upon the string
>"Copyright by Red Hat Software".
>I am not sure we can replace it simply by "Project Independence"
>a) the name Project Independence is already taken. Of course
Exactly which 'Project Independence' variants are taken, and in
which countries? I see 'Project Independence, Ltd' in infoseek.
Perhaps somebody with more legal experience can say if you can
simply make a different variant on it and call it your own.
>we could call it "Independence Linux" or (for keeping RMS happy)
or yes, you could simply rename the project so you have a unique
name for copyrights. I like the idea that "Independence is a project
to make Redhat more user-friendly", and by implying you have your
own separate distribution, that becomes less clear.
That will make rms very unhappy indeed: the goal of gnu/linux is to
create a complete operating environment based entirely on free software.
Redhat (and thus Independence) is very far from that, and not
working very hard in that direction. Which is ok -- it's not your
>b) We have no juridical entity. A solution would be to copyright
>using the names of the participants but putting my name in front of
>the first thing the user will see -the installation panel- seems a bit
agreed, that doesn't sound like a very community-friendly approach.
>violent. Perhaps better would be to have a "Contributors" and put
>Copyrights only in the sources like it is done in Linux kernel.
On another note, are you allowed to simply replace somebody else's
copyright with your own when you start distributing their material
(even modified)? That seems fishy. :)