[Foundation-l] Swedish Wikipedians removes Wikimedia logos

Marcus Buck me at marcusbuck.org
Mon Mar 29 22:11:41 UTC 2010

The Swedish Wikipedia decision is consequent and logical. Logos are 
copyrighted. Copyrighted material cannot be included. So no logos. It's 
plain and simple. The problem is not the reasonable decision of the 
Swedish Wikipedia, but the unreasonable decision of the Foundation to 
claim copyright for the logos. The foundation did that because they 
thought that would make it easier to defend the brand. But that's just 
intermingling trademarks and copyright. Trademark protection does 
everything we need. No need for additional copyright protection. The 
Coca Cola logo is PD-old (and in many jurisdictions also PD-ineligible) 
and they have no problem defending their brand. Why should Wikimedia 
logos be any different?

Just release the logos under a free license and the problem will be gone.

Marcus Buck

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