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Re: I'll let the Freemasons know Debian is distributing their trademark

William Ballard <nospam_40811@alltel.net> writes:

> On Tue, Jan 11, 2005 at 02:10:26PM -0500, Brian Thomas Sniffen wrote:
>> clearly what it is".  Duracell has no right in law to stop others from
>> depicting black oblongs with copper ends.  They *do* have a right to
> I dare you to package the golden arches as clipart.
> Or Mr. Peanut.

    Hi, Kids!
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There.  Now it's in your mail archive!  Better be civil or I'll tell
the Planter's Company about it.

> You've got the Freemason logo in there feature for feature!
> That's not "original clip art."  That's an original copy.

Of something old enough that the copyright is expired and it's in the
public domain.  That symbol has been around for centuries.  So your
point is what, exactly?  What law might we be violating by shipping
that?  Upon what principle of equity or fair dealing might we intrude?


Brian Sniffen                                       bts@alum.mit.edu

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