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

[ Adding ftpmaster to Cc.  ftpmaster: please check bug log for context ]

On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 12:32:05AM +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> I think I’m going to leave the Debian Project Leader deal with this.
> Stefano, I’ll let you read the bug log . Maybe you’ll want to ask the
> FTP masters too, since they are ultimately responsible for inclusion
> rules.

Ah, dear old can of worms^W^W^W interaction among trademark, FOSS
licenses, and DFSG.

I'm under the impression that we don't have a clear cut policy on
whether DFSG apply to trademark restrictions as well as to "software"
licenses. I believe it has been judged on a case by case basis by FTP
master. ... but I might be very wrong about this, so I'm getting FTP
masters in the loop for clarification.

The case of the Debian logo which has been mentioned in this bug log is
actually something we are not happy with, because on one hand we want to
protect debian trademark, but on the other we really don't want some of
our official logos to be non-DFSG free (as they currently are). We would
love to have trademark protection *and* a DFSG-free license, but we have
been advised in the past that doing such a re-licensing might pose
danger to the trademark itself.

In that respect, a mutual agreement among Debian and GNOME is not going
to help on the Debian side, given that DFSG §8 is very clear on the fact
that "license" must not be specific to Debian.

Stefano Zacchiroli -o- PhD in Computer Science \ PostDoc @ Univ. Paris 7
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