Re: Misuse of Debian logo for City Tourism
"Mauro Lizaur" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
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?
"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
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.
DISCLAMERS: IANAL, IANADD.