[Foundation-l] Swedish Wikipedians removes Wikimedia logos
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.
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