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Re: Debian logo & its license


On 24-Jan-99 Avery Pennarun wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 23, 1999 at 07:48:00PM -0600, Stephen Crowley wrote:
>> On Sat, Jan 23, 1999 at 04:21:37PM -0800, Chris Waters wrote:
>> > Debian is a free project to distribute a free OS.  It should have a free
>> > logo.  FREE THE LOGO!!  FREE THE LOGO!!  :-)
>> And what if some anti-debian people get ahold of the logo and use it for
>> evil purposes?
> What if someone gets hold of the Linux kernel and uses it to guide nuclear
> missiles?  (Well, at least they have to share their changes with us :))
It will still be a piece of copyrighted material, regarless of whether Debian
has the money to sue or not.  That copyright is basicly that nobody
can use or reproduce the logo w/o permission.  Organizations and people (such as
Debian) will regard that copyright and not use it or keep asking for
permission.  It's not much different than the issue of the software licenses. 
If the author didn't GRANT the permission to modify/distribute/etc, then that
permission doesn't exist.

> A license that says "this logo should only be used when referring
> specifically to Debian" is plenty and probably still unenforceable.

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