Re: Debian Open Use Logo License - is it compatible with...
"Eddy Petrişor" <email@example.com> wrote in message
I was thinking on making a logo for the Debian Games Team but I need
to combine the open use logo with an icon which is distributed under a
My questions are:
1) Are any of the following licenses compatible with the Debian Open
Use Logo License?
b) CC-BY 2.0
c) CC-BY-SA 2.0
d) CC-BY-NC 2.0
2) If any of the licenses above can be combined with the Debian Open
Use Logo License, what would be the license terms of the distributed
These types of questions keep recurring.
The last I heard the legal situation with the logos was a mess.
AIUI, the logos are considered trademarks. The "licence" strongly implies
that Debian does not claim copyright on
the open use logo, but merely trademark rights. That licence is basically
summerizing what trademark law allows.
(That is in constrast with the Offical logo's to which Debian claims both
tradmark and copyright).
In the case you are speaking of, as far as copyright goes, it can probably
be thought of as public domain, so
combining it with something will result in a work licenced under the same
terms as the other component.
However, the trademark issue comes up. The use in your logo would likely
imply endorsment, which
would require a trademark licence (which is a strange way of saying special
permission is needed).
I'm not sure who you need to contact for that permission.
[[ What ever happened to resolving this issue? Clearly treating the open use
logo as copyrightless,
but trademarked is the desired effect, so can we have SPI approve that? Then
all we have to do
is create a mechanism though which people apply for permision (tradmark
licences) to use
the logo in ways that implies sponsorship or endorsment.
The offical use licence seems fine as it is, as it requires approval for all
use, and so nobody
ever asks about licence compatability with it. On a side note, one obvious
the offical logo that is clearly reasonable, is as a decal that could be
applied to machines donated
to SPI for use by Debian: "Donated to SPI for use by [Debian offical logo
with the word Debian]".
That would make it very hard for anybody to ever mistake to whom that
machine belongs. ]]