[Whonix-devel] Debian Trademark Question - HardenedDeb

Brian Gupta brian.gupta at brandorr.com
Sat May 25 00:34:29 CEST 2019

On Sun, May 12, 2019 at 8:20 AM Sam Hartman <hartmans at debian.org> wrote:

> >>>>> "Patrick" == Patrick Schleizer <adrelanos at riseup.net> writes:
>     Patrick> Hi Chris, we, the developers of Whonix (a derivative of
>     Patrick> Debian), are planning to create yet another derivative of
>     Patrick> Debian. A version with security enhancements enabled by
>     Patrick> default.
>     Patrick> We yet need to decide on a suitable name. Concerning the
>     Patrick> Debian trademark, following [1] [2], do you think any of
>     Patrick> the following names would infringe the Debian trademark /
>     Patrick> confuse our derivative with the original, Debian?
> Hi.
> As of the end of April, Chris's term as Debian Project Leader ended and
> my term began.
> I wish you the best of luck in developing your new derivative.  I hope
> that you contribute as much of the code as you can back to Debian.
> With regard to the trademark, according to [1] above, you should contact
> our Trademark Team with this question.  They can be reached at
> trademark at debian.org.
> I've forwarded your request.

Hi Patrick! Thank you for your support, and thank you for asking.

Generally we don't encourage any derivatives to use parts of Debian's name
in their name, as it increases likelihood of confusion that it's an
official product of the Debian Project.

That said, we are perfectly happy with derivatives saying true statements
like "..., based on Debian" or "Debian based".


> --Sam
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