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Re: Misuse of Debian logo for City Tourism

"Mauro Lizaur" <lavaramano@gmail.com> wrote in message [🔎] 488A6B25.1060601@gmail.com">news:[🔎] 488A6B25.1060601@gmail.com...
Cyril Brulebois wrote:
Will you please respond to my E-Mail ASAP. I am curious as to whether
this promotion, for self-profit, is a valid use. I personally do not
like the Debian GNU/Linux Logo being used for the profit, and the profit
of a city. One, that I will admit, lacks anything interesting.

Anyway, http://www.debian.org/logos/ has licensing info for both logos,
which probably will answer your question?

quoting http://www.debian.org/logos/:
"Copyright (c) 1999 Software in the Public Interest
*This logo or a modified version may be used by anyone to refer to the Debian project*, but does not indicate endorsement by the project."

In this case this is not happening, since the commercial is about something not even related with Debian or computers. Even Though IANADD or a /lawyer/, I believe they should remove the Debian logo from their something-they're-advertising.


Unfortunately, The Debian logo was made using a common peice of propreitary software. It consists of a pre-made brush stroke placed on a spiral. At least one message indicated that the spiral was created using basically the default settings of annother part of said software. This has the unfortunate effect that many other people have created logos virtually identical to the Debian Logo completely independently.

That makes it difficult for the project. When possible some member will contact the involved party and ask that they consider using a different logo, but in reality, there is little Debian (or SPI) can do unless the other logo is also used in the same feild (namely computer software). Trademarks are generally limited to a specific feild. There are somne exceptions.

For example trademarks creative enough that the odds of anybody else independendtly inventing it are negligable. In that case, it is sometimes possible to sucessfuly argue that the other party is using the mark soley to create customer confusion.

Debian's logos do not fit that requirement. The name Debian might fit that requirement, but that does not help with the logos.


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