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Re: Debian logos and trademarks

On Thu, 08 Feb 2007, Anthony Towns wrote:
> The DFSG refers to copyright licensing, it doesn't cover patents or
> trademarks.

It actually doesn't refer to any of them specifically. It does talk
about licensing, but it doesn't clarify whether it's refering to
copyright licensing or trademark licensing.

> Having a restrictive trademark license prevents people from using
> confusingly similar logos, while a DFSG-free copyright license allows
> people to make derivatives as long as they're not confusingly similar.

Right, but DFSG §3 doesn't qualify the types of derivative works that
must be allowed. [Though I admit there are limitations to it that
(lots of us may agree) exist even though they are not stated.]

In any event, this entire line of argument isn't particularly
important, so long as no one puts the official logo into main or
contrib. [MFT set to -legal as it's probably more on topic there if
someone wants to discuss it.]

Bravo though, for actually moving on this. It's nice not to have to be
rediculously hypocritical when talking about licenses on distributed
logos with upstreams.

Don Armstrong

Democracy means simply the bludgeoning of the people by the people for
the people.
 -- Oscar Wilde

http://www.donarmstrong.com              http://rzlab.ucr.edu

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