[Foundation-l] Wikimedia logos on Commons

Delirium delirium at hackish.org
Sat Aug 25 14:47:42 UTC 2007

Brian wrote:
> I think Erik really got to the heart of the issue. If this _were_ an issue,
> it boils down to the fact that you need to have legal protection of certain
> digital media that is somewhat stricter than your philosophy usually
> permits, and finding a way to tackle that problem in all open source
> projects is the place to do this, perhaps with a new type of license.

Well, the way the Debian project solved this is by [gasp!] just freely 
licensing their logo, as far as copyright goes, but retaining a 
trademark that they can use to prohibit misleading uses.

(They do also have a "this logo is for official Debian use only" logo, 
but it's not the common one that is usually associated with the project.)

See: http://www.debian.org/logos/

IMO this is a much better way of handling it without inviting obvious 
discussions about consistency.


More information about the foundation-l mailing list