Saturday, November 9, 2013
Canonical launches campaign against critic
fixubuntu.com contains information on stopping the "online services" provided by Canonical in Ubuntu Dash. For those of you who aren't certain what dash is, it's the button on the top left that houses app icons and helps you to find your media quickly.
The scuttlebutt happened after Canonical took notice of the Ubuntu icon and the obvious homage to Ubuntu in the URL.
Canonical, the company that makes Ubuntu sent an official letter to Micah F. Lee, the owner of fixubuntu.com, in which they asked him to take down the Ubuntu logo and to change the domain name (URL).
The letter from Canonical reads:
“It has been brought to our attention that your website: https://fixubuntu.com/ is using Canonical’s trademarks including Ubuntu logo on your website and Ubuntu word in your domain name.”
“To keep the balance between the integrity of our trademarks and the ability to use and promote Ubuntu, we’ve tried to define a reasonable Intellectual Property Policy. As you can see from our policy, to use the Ubuntu trademarks and Ubuntu word in a domain name would require approval from Canonical.”
“Unfortunately, in this instance we cannot give you permission to use Ubuntu trademarks on your website and in your domain name as they may lead to confusion or the misunderstanding that your website is associated with Canonical or Ubuntu.”
Mr. Lee replied with the help of a lawyer, that the first amendment of the constitution protects his right to "manage trademark items in non-commercial websites that criticize corporations and products".
This being said, the owner has removed the logo from fixubuntu.com and has posted a statement that makes it clear he is not affiliated in any way with Canonical.
What does any of this really mean?
Personally I don't think Mr. Lee was trying in any way to mislead people into thinking he was affiliated or held any official position with Canonical.
His website is very straight forward and in now way is an attempt to disgrace/discredit Canonical or Ubuntu.
It's clear from the website (in my opinion) that he simply wished to help people solve an issue he perceived, and that he used the Ubuntu name to make his intentions clear and easy to find.
Posted by Dennis Gutowski