[I am not a lawyer, or other expert on 'IP'. But I know a little bit.] On Sun, 2016-04-17 at 15:06 +0800, rafael coronel wrote: > Good day! I don't know where this type of message should be sent to, so I > figured this would go into the general section. > > I am sending this e-mail to inform you that the Debian Open Use Logo is > being used by a professional as a composite of her own logo branding ( > https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/8d/55/f4/8d55f465b6ad23f5ecbec8b50b899161.jpg). > This logo has been used in her official contracts, transactions and whatnot. > > I understand that the image has been released under the Creative Commons > Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, but I am unsure if this > licensing still applies if the image is used for branding. This type of > usage may imply that Debian is endorsing or affiliated with the > aforementioned individual. May I ask if the licensing encompasses this? If the other logo is independently created (and apparently it is very easy to create such a swirl using Adobe Photoshop) no copyright licence is required. As for trademarks: if the swirl is not used alone, nor with the word Debian, nor in the same field as the Debian project, I doubt that it would infringe. You didn't say what kind of business she is using the logo for, though - if it does involve software development or IT then there may be the risk of confusion. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings Make three consecutive correct guesses and you will be considered an expert.
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