Re: Bug#265352: grub: Debian splash images for Grub
On Tue, Oct 12, 2004 at 10:43:15AM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> Anyone who distributes the work, modified or unmodified. I don't think
> we can't regulate "use" and be Free; fortunately, most uses of the logo
> are distributions, such as putting it on a website, or stamping it on a
> CD and distributing the CD, or similar.
I don't quite know what you're saying here, but I should probably point
out that anyone can use the debian logo for anything if they modify it
sufficiently that there's no confusing the result with the logo.
> Please refrain from using "dishonest" in that context; unmodified or
> modified use of any Free image as a logo is perfectly reasonable. Any
> special restriction that you can only justify by saying "it's the Debian
> logo" is a non-free restriction; it's an image, and it should be usable
> just like any other Free image.
Anyone can use the debian logo in any context.
However, if they're going to be using the logo in a fashion which would
lead the user to believe that something non-debian is debian, that would
be [a] deceitful, and [b] illegal under trademark law. It just so happens
that other forms of deceit might not be illegal under trademark law,
but that doesn't mean that it's deceitful to use the word deceitful to
describe this issue.
> > Your proposed license, in any case, says that recipients may not use
> > this software (the logo image) as a basis for other software (logo
> > images) that competes with ours.
> That's exactly the kind of restriction I'm trying to avoid; if I have
> somehow not made that clear, my apologies. :)
I don't understand this at all -- why not just avoid this issue in
It's not appropriate to use copyright to enforce debian trademarks,
though it's probably ok to mention their existence in a license.