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Re: Free Software Logo

From: Marcus Wilson
Subject: Re: Free Software Logo
Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 11:49:58 -0500
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   I really like this logo.  It has the simple elegance you need  when the
   scale of the image is going to vary.

   Thank you very much for this!


   On Thu, Oct 29, 2020, at 11:26 AM, Aaron Wolf wrote:

   On 2020-10-29 9:22 a.m., Jean Louis wrote:

   > * Aaron Wolf <[1]> [2020-10-29 19:00]:


   >> On 2020-10-29 8:40 a.m., Jean Louis wrote:


   >>> Did you see other logos on GNU website? That is what I meant. And

   >>> there is no such  thing as control of "free software logos" in the

   >>> context of trademarks, GNU and free software dedicated groups do

   >>> follow trademark doctrines. Open source groups do.



   >> GNU and free software  *do* follow Trademark law. See e.g.

   >> [2]


   >> "The GNU head is, however, also a trademark for the GNU Project. If

   >> want to use the GNU head to link to a website run by the Free

   >> Foundation or the GNU project, feel free, or if you're using it in

   >> contexts talking about GNU in a supportive and accurate way, you can

   >> also do this without permission. For any other requests, please ask

   >> <[3]> for permission first."


   > Of course I know that. That is slightly beyond the point that I have

   > mentioned and tried to clarify. There is way how would FSF and GNU go

   > about the trademark violation and there is way how Mozilla or Rust

   > would go about trademark violations.


   > FSF and GNU would most probably do no legal action against

   > perpetrator, RMS would give few public remarks if GNU software would

   > be used with proprietary software. Though I do not believe there

   > be court process, threats or similar. It would be in the spirit of

   > friendship and friendly kind of ensuring observance.


   > Legal option would be really the last.


   > I am not representative for GNU. This is my opinion based on last 20

   > years of observation.


   I don't think it has happened that proprietary software ever claimed to

   be GNU, but if that happened, the GNU project *would* take legal action

   if they couldn't first get voluntary compliance. The FSF is not opposed

   to legal enforcement of trademarks and copyrights (copylefts in this


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