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Re: Licence of the Debian Open Use Logo with “Debian” text



On Thu, 4 Mar 2010 18:41:18 +0100 Francesco Poli wrote:

> On Thu, 4 Mar 2010 14:12:25 +0100 Tanguy Ortolo wrote:
[...]
> > I wonder if there is not a problem with the Debian Open Use Logo with
> > “Debian” from <http://www.fr.debian.org/logos/index.en.html>.
> [...]
> > this may be a serious issue, as this Logo with “Debian”,
> > or derivated work, is used in many packages. For instance, gdm and
> > gdm-themes are released under GPLv2 but provide images that contain it.
> 
> The following debian-legal thread is the last news about this issue
> that I can remember:
> http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2008/11/msg00048.html
> The announcement was then done on a DPN issue:
> http://www.debian.org/News/project/2008/15/

BTW, I've recently noticed another case of Debian textual logo used in
a package in main [1].
The logo was added in response to a bug report (with patch) [2].

[1] http://packages.debian.org/changelogs/pool/main/p/plymouth/plymouth_0.7.2-5/plymouth.copyright
[2] http://bugs.debian.org/573760


This Debian logo mess should really be solved once and for all.

What do other debian-legal regulars think?

Since it seems [3] that the Open Use Logo with the "Debian" text will
stay non-free, as will the Official Use Logo, I think we should start
filing serious bugs against any package in main having these logos (any
Debian logo, except for the Open Use Logo without the "Debian" text,
which is the only DFSG-free Debian logo).

[3] http://lists.debian.org/debian-legal/2008/11/msg00063.html


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