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Re: Are Debian logos still non-free?

On Mon, Feb 21, 2005 at 10:28:32PM +0100, Francesco Poli wrote:
> On Sun, 20 Feb 2005 21:12:37 +0000 Andrew Suffield wrote:
> > Formally stated, it's approximately "trademarks cannot make a work
> > strictly non-free, but you may have to replace all instances of the
> > trademark with something else". Depending on circumstances, this may
> > be an implicit change-the-name clause (which is okay), or it may be
> > some trivial but boring work required to generate a free package.
> The former is DFSG-free in the first place, the latter can be made
> DFSG-free (by stripping all trademark instances, a part from the name)
> but is non-free (before the `operation').
> Is that what you mean?

Yup. And since trademarks are by definition non-functional, this isn't
exactly a *problem*, it's just some work.

> With this in mind, I would say Debian wants to stay in the former kind
> of trademark encumbered works...
> Thus, no trademarked logos in main or contrib, right?

Depends on the license, as always.

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