proposal to make free the logo of Fedora

inode0 inode0 at
Fri Sep 17 23:06:44 UTC 2010

On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 2:34 AM, Jesse Keating <jkeating at> wrote:
> On 09/17/2010 03:09 PM, inode0 wrote:
>> Misappropriation suggests to me it wasn't freely licensed, but was
>> rather freely available. That isn't the same thing and could happen to
>> us right now as well although we make getting the source slightly more
>> of a bother.
> The problem is not that they used it.  The problem is that with a freely
> licensed logo we would be unable to /stop/ them from using it using
> legal means.  With a proper license on the usage we have legal resources
> to compel them to stop using the logo.

The entire point of a free license is *allow* others to use it.
Perhaps use of the word logo here is the problem because we have a
fairly ingrained natural instinct to want to protect that. This image
is really just a secondary image, different from all our marks, that
is associated with the project and free for others to use in cases
like the one that began this thread where a free image is necessary.
Could it too be abused in unpleasant ways? Yes. Could our distribution
be abused in unpleasant ways? Yes. With freedom comes risk.


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