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

On Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 12:32:05AM +0200, Josselin Mouette wrote:
> Hi,
> Le mardi 28 juin 2011 à 17:44 -0400, Karen Sandler a écrit :
> > Ah, I see the confusion here - the logos identified on that page are the
> > marks that have been registered, but GNOME, like Debian, has trademark
> > rights in logos that it uses even if it hasn't registered them.  And the
> > usage policy covers all logos and other marks. Of course, if a mark is not
> > covered by a policy or the like granting permission for use then you'd
> > have an even more restricted range of things you could do with it.
> Thanks for the precision. So, I understand the policy applies to the
> logo in gnome-icon-theme as well.
> At the very least it would be appreciated if it was mentioned in the
> gnome-icon-theme package that the LGPL doesn’t actually apply to
> start-here.svg.

The LGPL does apply there. You are free to derive the file to create
something that is not the GNOME mark. Or something that is the GNOME
mark and fulfils the trademark license.

You could also derive anything that is LGPL (or any other free license)
and turn it into a GNOME logo and would still need to comply with GNOME
trademark license. That still wouldn't make the original file that
wasn't the GNOME logo non-LGPL...

That's a bit of a stretch but the point is : copyright and trademark are
two separate aspects, and a trademark license doesn't change the
copyright license.


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