question about film

Mark Doliner mark at
Mon Sep 21 02:13:17 EDT 2009

You're welcome to email me a release form and we can take a look at
it.  I can't guarantee we'll sign anything without seeing it.  I'm
also a bit hesitant to sign any release form regardless of the
wording... as Ethan said before, we believe you're allowed to display
the Pidgin application in your movie under fair use laws.  We probably
wouldn't want to grant any permissions beyond that.


On Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 12:30 AM, Kirkman Cadle <kirkman.cadle at> wrote:
> hey guys, refering to using pidgin in a film, can we send you a release form
> or could you write us a letter of permission with an scanned or electronic
> signature on it. because should our film be screened anywhere we will need
> all proper proof of permissions.
> thanks, if you could get back with me asap thatd be great
> kirkman
> On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 9:48 AM, Mark Doliner <mark at> wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 6:39 PM, Ethan Blanton<elb at> wrote:
>> > Kirkman Cadle spake unto us the following wisdom:
>> >> hello, i have a question regarding using your program in a film. we're
>> >> making an independent feature film and wanted to know about using
>> >> pidgin in
>> >> our film.
>> >
>> > My non-legally-binding and not-a-lawyer understanding is this:
>> >
>> > Instant Messaging Freedom, Inc. retains the rights to the Pidgin logo,
>> > the Pidgin name "libpurple", etc. as it pertains to an Internet
>> > messaging application.  However, we allow these things to be used in
>> > reference to the Pidgin project itself.
>> >
>> > As long as you're simply using the Pidgin application, and not trying
>> > to pass off your independent feature film as an IM application using
>> > the Pidgin logo, there should be no problem.  In fact, I myself think
>> > it's fantastic, as do, I suspect, other project members.
>> >
>> > Ethan
>> I agree with all of this--it sounds correct to me.  Go for it.
>> -Mark

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