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Re: Misuse of Debian logo for City Tourism

There are 9624 registered U.S. trademark designs incorporating
spirals.*  Many of these are somewhat similar to one another; there
are typically other elements (e.g., colors, wordmarks, number,
arrangement) that differentiate them from one another.

Taking a step back, though, I don't see evidence that Debian's
logos are trademarked at all, at least in the U.S.  Searching the
USPTO database shows a single hit for Debian, for the word-only
mark ``Debian'' as applied to ``Computer Utility and Operating
System Software'' [0].  That trademark is held by SPI.

The detailed file [1] includes two sets of ``specimens'', one of
which is a screenshot of the Debian.org website showing the spiral
logo, but the other includes images of a CD and the docs for
Debian 1.3, which have a cute stack of letter blocks arranged to
spell Debian.**

So if the spiral logo isn't trademarked, then any infringement
claims related to the logo have to fall back on copyright, which
covers the specific expression and not the general theme.


[0] http://tarr.uspto.gov/tarr?regser=serial&entry=75386376&action=Request+Status
[1] http://tmportal.uspto.gov/external/portal/tow?SRCH=Y&isSubmitted=true&details=&SELECT=US+Serial+No&TEXT=75386376#

* I looked through the first 2900.  For fun, check out 


which appears to have been made using the same tool in Illustrator
as was used for the Debian logo, and


a spiral in a similar red to the Debian logo.

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