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  1. I have gone to, but the redirects to

    John Ortiz

    December 8, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Vasudev Kamath, luis. luis said: Inappropriate use of the Debian logo? […]

  3. Do they provide debian installed servers or desktops?

    If not this could be taken as false advertising. Giving appearance you provide a particular product in this case Debian when you don’t.

    People always think trademarks are the only issue here.


    December 8, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    • Interesting point, it seems they only provide hardware. In any case the lawyers are having a look at the issue, let’s see what they think.


      December 8, 2010 at 11:58 pm

  4. […] Inappropriate use of the Debian logo? The point here is the swirl is not trademark… […]

  5. Under trademark law, owners of trademarks who use their trademarks improperly or who fail to police the use
    of their trademarks by others may lose their rights in those trademarks. For instance, now-common words such
    as “zipper” and “elevator” were trademarks at one time. Their owners allowed the marks to be widely known
    and used as generic names for the associated products, and, as a result, all trademark protection was lost. Some
    examples of trademarks that are protected by their owners at great lengths today from such “genericide” include
    Kleenex® brand facial tissues, Band-Aid® brand bandages and Xerox® brand photocopiers. In addition to
    monitoring the use of trademarks by others, policing also requires maintaining control over the nature and quality of the goods and services that are marketed under the trademarks.


    December 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

  6. Let me get this straight… Debian told Mozilla that they were wrong to enforce their trademark for Firefox. Mozilla disagreed. Debian decided that Mozilla were being a bunch of weasels, so they released Iceweasel (Firefox with Debian changes and no Firefox trademarks) instead.

    Now, somebody has misappropriated THEIR trademark and their response is to call in the lawyers??? Please.


    December 9, 2010 at 10:14 pm

  7. How can there be any debate whether or not they lifted it from Debian? It’s EXACTLY the same logo, just a different color. Even using the default “rough charcoal” swatch from Illustrator, it would be nearly impossible to reproduce the Debian swirl so exactly unless you had it side by side and did it on purpose. No, these guys copied the logo, changed the color and called it their own. Lawyers will determine whether it’s legal or not, but what’s not up for debate is it was a crappy thing to do. Especially to flat out lie and say that they created it.


    December 10, 2010 at 4:12 am

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