Ubuntu’s trademark folly fueled by confusion over law, EFF says

22 11 2013
Canonical’s enforcement of the trademark for Ubuntu put egg on the company’s face last week when it went after a website critical of its approach to user privacy. A website called “Fix Ubuntu,” which provides instructions for disabling an Internet search mechanism in the Ubuntu operating system, received a letter asking it to change its domain name and stop using the Ubuntu logo.The website is run by Micah Lee, a technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the EFF quickly informed Canonical that “the First Amendment fully protects the use of trademarked terms and logos in non-commercial websites that criticize and comment upon corporations and products.”

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth admitted on his blog that the letter to Lee was a mistake. But he also claimed that his company must enforce its trademarks or lose them:


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