[Foundation-l] Why there will be no "Wikipedia" at Debian

Gerard Meijssen gerard.meijssen at gmail.com
Fri Oct 20 09:22:02 UTC 2006

Debian has problems with trademarked material ie the logos et al to be 
under a license that prevents them from being changed. As the Wikimedia 
Foundation has a license for its logos that is incompatible with the 
Debian way, it is not possible for it to host Wikimedia Foundation logos 
in the first place. We also do not allow anyone to use the names of the 
Wikimedia projects for their mirror without permission.. something I 
would think is also not in line with what Debian thinks is reasonable.

Milos Rancic wrote:
> Hm. But, Debian should not have a problem to use it in distribution...
> On 10/20/06, Jakob Voss <jakob.voss at nichtich.de> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Debian and Mozilla had a struggle about using Mozillas Trademarks in
>> Debian if the software and logos are changed but the name is not.[1]
>> This should also apply to Wikipedia if people want to distribute
>> Wikipedia content or modified parts then they cannot just call it
>> "Wikipedia" - I just wanted to clarify and give an example because many
>> people think that the our name and logos are as free as the content.
>> Greetings,
>> Jakob
>> [1] For instance http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS3364701970.html

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