Re: Re: popular swirl...
Ben Reser quoth:
Ignore the trademark issue. The copyright issue should be much clearer.
Surely SPI knows who made the logo and that person can certify that it
is an original work? If SPI can do that they have a case of a clear
derivative work. If SPI can't do that then Debian needs a different
Yes, this is the case; I believe the logo's designer has been named in
an earlier thread -- could someone better at research than I dig it out?
The logo is currently *only* licensed for use to represent Debian
(although it is considered preferable to change the copyright license,
it hasn't been changed yet, pending strengthening the trademark
protection). This is a clear-cut copyright infringement.
I think it's also be a trademark violation (it's *so* close that it's
easily confused with the Debian logo), but I don't know the state of
SPI's trademark handling.
If someone gets me the reference to the logo's designer, I'll contact
the SPI board directly with the sum of the evidence and ask them what
the formal status of this is. (I am an SPI member.)