Todd Allen wrote:
If all we need is -some- kind of visual, we could
easily enough do a
free-content picture of a band in the album article or the like. I doubt
most people could tell you what more than a handful of album covers or
corporate logos look like, but could probably tell you the -names- of
hundreds. (I bet you that more people know the name Microsoft,
Coca-Cola, or IBM than know what the logo looks like.) There are some
logos which have become iconic, such as Nike's, and I don't have any
problem with those. But the vast majority are just decorative, or at the
very least serve a limited educational purpose.
That's your personal opinion.
Such theoretical and
limited benefits are not worth real and serious damage to the other half
of the mission-"free as in freedom".
What serious damage? If the usage really is a fair one there is no damage.
I can respect an argument based onan ethical position that such usage is
not done, but not an argument that is based on a total lack of
understanding of the legal environment.