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Re: Debian logo on quilt; license issues?

Alexander Reichle-Schmehl wrote:
> [ CC-ing since I'm note sure, if you are reading the list ]

I am.
> Hi!
Hi Alexander,

> KS schrieb:
> [..]
>> A couple of years ago she wanted to make a quilt for me. As the
>> discussion also involved open source at that time, I asked her why not
>> just make me a small wall hanging of the Debian logo. She has worked on
>> it for the last two years and has come up with a life size (about 6ft
>> high) Debian logo (Open use logo) along with the "Debian" at the bottom.
>> It is currently being displayed at an exhibition in Phoenix.
>> At the time when I asked her to make it, I thought it would not be a
>> problem as it was "open use logo". But while browsing again on the
>> Debian Logos page, I noticed the "debian" trademark licensing policy
>> http://www.debian.org/trademark . Can the experts give their advice on
>> this regarding any licensing issues involving the quilt artwork.
> Please take a look at http://www.debian.org/logos/index , the part about
> the open use logo with "Debian" reads as follows:
> "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."
> It seems to be the case for me; the Logo in the quilt is still a
> reference to our project (she created the quilt after hearing about the
> project and for you, from whom he heard about our project).

For me the "swirl" in question would always refer to Debian. I wonder
when it would not!

> The second paragraph of the license "Note: we would appreciate that you
> make the image a link to http://www.debian.org/ if you use it on a web
> page." well... If you like you could ask to place a sign nearby the
> quilt in the exhibition ("More information about the Debian operating
> system can be found at http://www.debian.org"; or something similar), but
> it's not necessary.
> Best regards,
>   Alexander Reichle-Schmehl,
>   Debian Spokesperson

Below is text which was finalized to be put beside the quilt. It tries
to promote the idea of open source through the artist's medium of work.

"Freedom and Debian GNU/Linux are synonyms in computer software realm.
Debian offers a social contract that it will always remain free. Freedom
to change, modify and improve Linux has made it an upcoming force which
is challenging big giant software companies like Microsoft and Apple.
Just as an artists create wonders by letting their imagination run free,
software ideas used in free software kindle development of new and
ingenious applications.

For more information visit: www.fsf.org www.gnu.org www.debian.org

> PS: Just out of curiosity I would appreciate, if could send me / point
> me to a picture of the quilt in the exhibition :)
I don't have snapshot of the final "version" so I just used the ones
which my friend sent me a month or so ago.


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