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Re: Bug#212895: Official Logo is not DFSG Free (with patch)

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On Sat, 4 Oct 2003, Steve Langasek wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 04, 2003 at 12:55:41AM -0400, Jaldhar H. Vyas wrote:
> > >  It won't happen; it would defeat the purpose of the
> > > Official Use Logo.)
> > That purpose being?
> B-R-A-N-D-I-N-G.


A logo (from the Greek logos=word) makes an observer associate it with a
concept.   The Merrill Lynch bull for example is supposed to evoke
"bullishness" on Wall Street.  A naked man in a barrel would make a bad
logo for that company.

So the question that should be asked is what does the Debian brand
represent?  To me it is high quality free software.  It should be
plastered over every available surface to inform the user: "This software
came from Debian.  Because it comes from Debian you are free to use it
and modify it as you wish."  From that perspective it is hypocritical for
the logo itself to not be free.

Now I see the discussion has moved to making the open-use logo fully free.
This is a good thing.  I question why the Debian bong should not also be
under the same license.  No identifiable purpose for it to be
restricted seems to be being met IMO.  It's value for brainding purposes
is already compromised by it being on clothing which could be worn at
proprietary vendors' training events and other situations beyond our
control.  It should be just a stylistic variant with no connotations of
official approval IMO.

Jaldhar H. Vyas <jaldhar@debian.org>
La Salle Debain - http://www.braincells.com/debian/

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