proposal to make free the logo of Fedora

Máirín Duffy duffy at
Sat Sep 18 07:59:36 UTC 2010

On Sat, 2010-09-18 at 09:42 -0700, Jesse Keating wrote:
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> On 09/17/2010 11:33 PM, inode0 wrote:
> > I'm not sure if you are talking about me here, but I do believe in
> > trademark protection and brand identity as valuable things. And while
> > the former is a bit of a red herring because we aren't talking about
> > something that would carry a trademark the latter is relevant to the
> > discussion.
> Not to pick on just one part of your email, but I don't think it's as
> red herring as you claim.  If you want to have an "Free" image to
> promote Fedora, for the image to do its job it has to have connection
> and representation to Fedora, so that when you see the image, you think
> Fedora.  So while it wouldn't carry a trademark, for it to be successful
> it has to be a mark that one associates with Fedora.  This means that
> inappropriate use of the mark, which we would not be able to legally
> correct, would then associate inappropriate things with Fedora.

IANAL but there might be a risk with a totally free mark of someone else
using it and claiming it for their own then suing us for using it?


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