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Bug#607839: Question about copyright/license of the GNOME foot Logo

On Tue, 2011-06-28 at 15:58 +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Le mardi 28 juin 2011 à 14:18 +0100, Bastien Nocera a écrit : 
> > > I think Francesco is talking about things like the logo on
> > > http://pkg-gnome.alioth.debian.org/
> > > (I don’t find it in desktop-base though, maybe we ship it in
> > > gnome-icon-theme instead.)
> > 
> > This sort of thing is absolutely forbidden, as per the licensing rules I
> > referenced earlier. From
> > http://foundation.gnome.org/licensing/guidelines/:
> > "
> > Do not combine or use a GNOME Trademark with your company's product or
> > service name or any other term unless you have written permission to do
> > so. Use of GNOME Trademarks in that sort of way would NOT be a fair use.
> > "
> > 
> > I really don't see us making an exception for such a dilution of our
> > trademark and logo. You can put the 2 logos side-by-side, but it puts
> > the Debian logo (if it is trademarked) under as much threat as it would
> > the GNOME one.
> So this means the guidelines also apply to the logo without the “GNOME”
> text.
> This means we will have to remove any files containing the logo from our
> packages, per the Debian guidelines. I’d really like to avoid that since
> the impact is far more important than the pair of packages we are
> talking about at the moment.

The GNOME logo, with and without text underneath it, is copyrighted.
It's still unbelievably unclear what exact logo uses you're referring

Combined works like this one:
are unquestionably wrong. They will need to be removed indeed.

Reworks of the GNOME logo need discussion, both with the lawyers and the
people who worked on the original branding guidelines. This includes
things like this splash screen:


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