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Re: Registering the Debian Logo as our trademark?

On Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 04:04:34PM -0400, Brian Gupta wrote:
> Generally speaking, as a matter of law, it would be better if we
> registered our logo as our Trademark. We had also gotten advice from
> our legal counsel (SFLC) encouraging us to do so.
> I don't believe any changes would be required to our Trademark policy
> to accomodate the change from "common law" to "registered" trademark,
> we'd just have the benefit that we'd have an easier time protecting
> it, if we ever found a need to do so.

I think the above two points are the crux of the issue.

We have been advised various times, by those who help us with our
trademarks, to go ahead and turn the logo into a registered trademark.

The main (theoretical) drawback one could think of is that, then, we
should become more strict in our trademark policy, due to the new status
of the logo. But if that is not the case, i.e. if we can keep the same
guidelines that we are _currently_ advertising for the logo, than that
drawback is moot.

Brian, you seem to believe that this is indeed the case, i.e. that we
won't need to change our trademark policy. I suggest to verify that with
our legal counsel and, if it is the case, to go ahead and do the
registration.  It won't change a bit for us and current logo users (as
the guidelines will remain unchanged), but it will help the people who
are helping us with our trademark matters. And might come in handy in
case we end up in some nasty legal fight about Debian visual identity.

Just my 0.02 EUR,
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