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Trademarks have recently become something of an issue in open-source circles. Debian, for example, recently took exception to Mozilla's Firefox trademark rules and called its version of the popular browser, IceWeasel. So, Ubuntu has decided to address possible trademark issues by creating its own trademark policy.
Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu, announced the trademark policy in his blog on April 25. Shuttleworth also explained why the Ubuntu leadership felt it had to create such a policy. "Classically, 'software freedom' was about the copyright license associated with the code. But patents and trademarks are now being brought into the mix. For example, the discussion around Mozilla's trademark policy was directly linking the concept of "freedom" to trademark policy as much as code copyright license," Shuttleworth wrote.
Another factor doubtlessly was that Canonical is seeking to turn Ubuntu into a major business Linux distribution.