hooray for freedo

Rubén Rodríguez Pérez ruben at gnu.org
Thu Apr 15 15:46:06 UTC 2010

> We need to figure out the right licensing for something that is
> effectively a logo.  I will bring it up with lawyers; meanwhile,
> what do you think?

As an example, as I don't know much about this regards when I licensed
the Trisquel logo I followed the Debian terms: the image alone without
text is under the GPL, and the image with the distro name is under this:

Copyright © 2004 Rubén Rodríguez Pérez
This logo or a modified version may be used by anyone to refer to the
Trisquel project, but does not indicate endorsement by the project. 
We would appreciate that you make the image a link to
http://trisquel.info/ if you use it on a web page.

> One possibility that occurs to me is to license the copyright in a
> very loose way, maybe even put it in the public domain, but use
> trademark law to prevent abuses which involve the unmodified or
> little-modified image.

I know even less about the trademark law. Again as an example, the
Trisquel logo is a registered trademark in Spain. That costs me 125€ a
year and I highly doubt it is worth it, since the trademark office
allows you to register what you want even if a mostly identical logo is
already registered. It is the registered logo owner's duty to stop you,
so you are protected in no practical way.

Also, I don't know how having a logo registered in Spain affects to
other countries.

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