Posted Aug 4, 2007 0:00 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata
In reply to: Open-source badgeware
Parent article: Open-source badgeware
I don't see how the trademark owner's policy has anything to do with it; it's what the owner actually licenses, not what it's his policy to license that matters.
But you have to go rather beyond the literal meaning of that paragraph to say it's a trademark license. The paragraph starts out "you acknowledge," which is not language that grants anything at all. It's language that takes away -- it takes away the licensee's right to argue "I thought I was getting a trademark license". The latter part of the paragraph limits the amount that the paragraph takes away, but can't semantically add anything that wasn't already there in other paragraphs.
So maybe the attribution requirement is a trademark license, and maybe the copyright license implies a trademark license because the former is useless without the latter (I personally doubt both of these), but the paragraph in question doesn't grant any trademark rights.
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