On 08/02/2010 02:57 PM, Klaatu wrote:
> The second reason is more pragmatic. As it is, we find
> uses fairly commonly. People create their own design files for the
> trademarks, but they can often be recognized because of the errors made
> in creating the imitation. Using a freely available font will make it
> easier for copyists to create a more exact representation of our logo,
> which we don't want. The current font is a bit of sand in the engine
> that helps us protect the uniqueness of our mark.
This might be a purely academic point.. I understand not wanting to
go re-doing all the branding of Fedora and swapping out the font used
in the logo. I think having a new official font that is
similar-but-free is a great work-around.
BUT... the idea that keeping a logo "proprietary" will help prevent
its falsification..? This sounds quite strange to me in that it is
directly contrary to the theory behind Free Software.
My non-lawyer mind has comprehension difficulties here: we the the logo
in GPL/CC-BY-SA source files still protected by trademark. Can't say if
this is a conflict or not.
Besides, I don't think it's true. Whether I have to find a
of Bryant2 on fr33f0nts.ru or navigate the Fedora wiki for comfortaa,
it feels like the same amount of effort to me, and they both result in
what is probably going to be a poorly-done imitation of a well-known
brand without any real indication of official backing. The key is to
make sure we are teaching Fedora users to be discerning about who and
what they trust on the big scary internets.
If someone is looking to recreate the logo from text + bubble drawing
then he's doing it wrong, is so much easy to extract it as vectors from
some source files...
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