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Re: Inappropriate use of Debian logo.



On Sun, 28 Nov 2010 22:01:33 +1300 Sam McLeod wrote:

> FYI - A computer shop has taken the Debian logo and used it for his
> business.
> Nowhere does the business mention Debian and when I sent the owner an email
> informing him of the misuse and linking him to debian.org/logos - he claimed
> he created the logo from scratch
[...]

Wow, the swirl in their logo
http://www.legendpc.co.nz/images/template/layouts/tpl_1150/images/header.jpg
seems to be really identical to the Debian Open Use Logo
http://www.debian.org/logos/openlogo-nd.svg
except for the color, of course.

It *may* of course be true that they created their logo from
scratch, without deriving it from the Debian logo, as others have
already discussed in this same thread.
On the other hand, it *could* be false... 

Anyway, please note that the Debian Open Use Logo without “Debian”
http://www.debian.org/logos/openlogo-nd.svg
(DOUL-nd, from now on) is released under the terms of the Expat
license, as specified on http://www.debian.org/logos/

Hence, the issue (*as long as* there is actually an issue!) looks like
a copyright infringement problem: I am under the impression that
legendpc.co.nz should have included the SPI copyright notice and the
permission notice (that is to say, the text of the Expat license), thus
acknowledging that their logo has been derived from the DOUL-nd.
If they did so, I would say that they would be in compliance with the
license of the DOUL-nd...
Once more, *as long as* they actually derived their logo from the
DOUL-nd...

I think that maybe you could get in touch with SPI, Inc. and/or with
the DPL about this *possible* copyright license violation.

Just to be clear: I am not a lawyer, this is not legal advice, my
analysis could of course be wrong or based on incomplete data.
Anyone who knows better is encouraged to speak up and correct me.


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