[Foundation-l] Derivatives of the official logos

Tomasz Ganicz polimerek at gmail.com
Tue Aug 22 11:52:29 UTC 2006

2006/8/22, Tisza Gergő <tgergo at inf.elte.hu>:
> Hi,
> what is the policy about the derivatives of the official Wikimedia
> project logos? Their license template, [[commons:Template:Copyright by
> Wikimedia]] does not make much sense: it refers to [[Wikimedia:Wikimedia
> visual identity guidelines]], which is about the Foundation logo, not
> the project logos. [[m:Uses of logo derivatives]], which is not finished
> yet, says "We can, theoretically, allow derivative works of the logos
> for informal uses, but it is not yet clear who should approve every
> derivative version." I suppose this is about off-project uses -
> requiring approval beyond community consensus for every derivative used
> in a Wikimedia project would be a horrible bureaucracy creep.
> Can I assume, when creating license templates to logo derivatives in the
> Hungarian Wikipedia (which is my reason for asking this), that the final
> policy will be something sensible, like permission to create
> derivatives, provided they are only used in the Wikimedia projects, and
> their copyright is transferred to the Foundation?

All logos and names of the Wikimedia projects are property of
Wikimedia Foundation. Therefore, at the moment,  at least formally you
have to ask Wikimedia Foundation to use them outside Wikimedia
projects, as there is no any clear official policy who and how can
use it. It also apply to derivatives of logos. In fact, the only
formal body which may give you permission to use logos or names is
Wikimedia Board, although there is:


which I don't know if it exists or not at the moment, but anyway it is
going to be a kind of advisory body for logos and names issues for
Wikimedia Board

Tomek "Polimerek" Ganicz

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