[Foundation-l] Alternatives to Cafepress

Brian Brian.Mingus at colorado.edu
Sun Aug 26 22:03:43 UTC 2007

I've been wearing my Wikipedia golf shirt, purchased I believe at Cafe
Press, for three years. It is as white as ever and has not suffered in

On 8/26/07, Austin Hair <adhair at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8/26/07, Lars Aronsson <lars at aronsson.se> wrote:
> > Do you really need "industry knowledge" to sell mugs and t-shirts?
> > I thought knowledge about the community that is going to *buy*
> > these items is more important.  Where and how do people normally
> > buy their favorite t-shirts for projects such as Wikipedia?  I'd
> > say Cafepress is the mainstream alternative, at least for the U.S.
> Printing the Wikipedia logo on t-shirts is one thing, but developing a
> full product line of Wikimedia-branded merchandise is something that
> deserves some careful thought and professional attention.
> > A month ago I made a T-shirt printable large logotype for the
> > Swedish Wikipedia [[Image:Wikipedia-logo-sv-large.png]].  When I
> > asked if I could print this and wear, I was told to print nothing
> > before there is a Swedish chapter established.
> I don't know who told you this, but either they were misinformed or
> you misunderstood.  While a Swedish chapter with which we have a
> trademark agreement would be able to arrange such a thing, just as the
> German or Polish chapters could, there's certainly no plan I'm aware
> of to delay merchandising of language-specific products until we have
> chapters whose members speak those languages.  I expect that any
> future merchandising plans will include designs that reflect the
> linguistic diversity of the various Wikimedia projects.
> In the meantime, I'll note that the Foundation has never sued anyone
> for printing logo Ts for themselves and a few friends, so long as you
> don't make them generally available to others.  Selling stuff printed
> with Wikimedia's trademarks is a can of worms that everybody's
> particularly cautious about, and quite reasonably so.
> Austin
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