Has anyone done a search on other logos with similar
see how much they differ? I think the WTO is taking a chance with this.
Which specific aspects do they object to?
----- Original Message ----- From: "Maggie Dennis"
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Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikivoyage logo
On Fri, May 31, 2013 at 8:21 PM, MZMcBride <z(a)mzmcbride.com> wrote:
Michelle Paulson wrote:
then, the Foundation has received a cease-and-desist letter from
WTO, requesting that we change the logo. While we wish that the WTO
with our assessment that the two logos contain substantial differences
could co-exist, we understand their concern. We still believe that there
are some significant differences between the Wikivoyage logo and the
however, such arguments are not guaranteed to win if we were to legally
oppose this request because there are also some substantial
With this in mind, as well as the fact that the Wikivoyage logo is still
relatively new and has not had a chance to build significant brand
recognition yet, we believe the better solution is to hold a new
contest for a new logo.
Will the current Wikivoyage logo be an option in this upcoming logo
selection contest? If the Wikivoyage community is strongly in favor of
retaining the logo it already approved, what are options?
On behalf of a Wikivoyager, I've already asked the legal team if
derivatives of the current logo would be usable, and I'm afraid the answer
is no. It must be a new logo.
I don't believe there's any precedent for the Wikimedia Foundation
a community-approved logo in this manner. (Is there?) This seems like
unchartered territory for Wikimedia, so it's important to be cautious and
careful, I think.
I think that the reason why there's no precedent is because this is the
time that we have run into a trademark infringement claim against a
We believe that the community is the best body to
decide what logo
represent their hard work and hope that interested community members
take this opportunity to once again showcase their creativity and talent
by submitting designs.
As I posted on the relevant Meta-Wiki talk page just now, the Wikimedia
community cannot feel rushed or pressured to accept this new logo
selection procedure. Typically a discussion of this nature would last at
least thirty days, from my experience.
This leaves two options, as I see it: pushing back the timeline for the
selection of a Wikivoyage logo by a few weeks or not using this procedure
for the selection of the next Wikivoyage logo.
The question of process is one for Meta, where discussion is already
reason to fracture it. :) I appreciate your input there.
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