Adding Google as an OpenSearch provider

Jb Piacentino jb at
Thu Nov 20 11:19:11 UTC 2014

The issue at the time was in adding Thunderbird traffic to the Firefox 
traffic agreement.
There was no issue in having a straight link to Google search.
I don't see a problem with this anylonger, imho.

On 20/11/2014 11:21, Gervase Markham wrote:
> On 19/11/14 22:39, Jim Porter wrote:
>> If anyone else has insights on this, I'd be happy to hear them. Plenty
>> of users have been mildly upset that we don't have Google as an option,
>> so I think adding Google would be a nice thing to do.
> It's not at all clear to me that Google could legally prevent you adding
> them. They could perhaps complain under trademark law if their logo was
> used, but one could argue it's denotative use. And of course they could
> try taking technical measures to stop you... but I'm not sure why they'd
> want to. Searches are searches.
> Clearly, our relationship with Google is under scrutiny right now, but
> there is no harm in (at the very least) asking the biz dev team if it
> would cause problems for them if Thunderbird added Google back.
> Gerv
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