[Marketing] April Fool's Article

Remy DeCausemaker decause at redhat.com
Thu Mar 31 03:10:28 UTC 2016

On Mar 30, 2016 19:36, "Chaoyi Zha" <summermontreal at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hey all!
> As you may know, April Fool's is coming up this Friday. For those
unaware, it is a day where many people and organisations play "pranks" by
writing interesting articles.
> For instance, Microsoft recently has posted an article about "bash in
Windows 10", which also includes a section joking about the availability of
Ubuntu binaries within Windows 10.
> Justin and I were thinking about publishing an April Fool's article on
Fedora Magazine. Some ideas included "Internet Explorer now default
internet browser in Fedora 24" or "Fedora will support sticky keys in
Fedora 24"
> If we made an April Fool's article about Internet Explorer (r), we would
be using a Microsoft trademark. However, the usage should be covered under
fair use because it is a parody and “use of some elements of a prior
author’s composition to create a new one that, at least in part, comments
on that author’s works.” (Campbell v. AcuffRose Music, Inc.)
> See
> I think the post about Internet Explorer could be interesting, and sticky
keys would also be a quite interesting post. It would help us garner free
publicity and enjoy a good joke :)
> After April Fool's, we can mend the article to show that it was an April
Fool's prank. It seems only fair since Microsoft has made April Fool's
pranks about Linux for many years in a row :)
> Any input is appreciated! You may also ping us on #fedora-mktg
> If either of these ideas are good, I can draft an article and get it
ready to publish before April 1st :)
> Cheers,
> Chaoyi

I'm +1 to something cheeky, but -1 to it being about Microsoft.

I think we'd have to think carefully about about this, but I'm open to
ideas. Even just making the magazine upside-down for the day could be funny
enough without making it about anyone else.


I like the idea though :)
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