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Re: [opensuse-project] Proposal for adapting the trademark guidelines
  • From: Helen South <helen.south@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:25:14 +1100
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Apologies for commenting so late in the piece, but I wanted to raise a
couple of small points, for what it's worth -

1. "We are pleased to permit you to link to from your web site"

Do people need permission to link to a website? I've never heard of
that before. Permission to use an openSUSE graphic to do so, sure, but
to actually link? I feel it sounds rather self-important.

2. Please do not create mock or parody products with names based on the openSUSE
Marks. Also, please be aware that, in our opinion, it is not "fair use" to use
the openSUSE Marks in a manner that disparages openSUSE technology or the
openSUSE Project.

I'm pretty sure that there is no legal leg to stand on in regards to a
genuine parody. "Please do not create mock or parody products"? I
can't help thinking this is an invitation to create a lime-green
distribution called monoSUZY :)

I'm also a little concerned about the 'in our opinion' regarding
disparagement, since the only opinion that matters is the court's,
which I expect have a list of very specific definitions of what
constitutes fair use and disparagement and what doesn't.



IRC: helen_au

On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 3:11 AM, Cornelius Schumacher <cschum@xxxxxxx> wrote:
On Monday 07 March 2011 22:06:25 Juergen Weigert wrote:
On Mar 07, 11 21:05:31 +0100, Cornelius Schumacher wrote:
On Friday 04 March 2011 11:19:38 Jean Cayron wrote:
=== Publications ===

If you want to include all or part of an openSUSE Mark in the title or
subtitle of a publication such as a book or magazine, you should seek
our permission (see "Contact Information" below to request
permission). =====

I'd suggest to say 'name' instead of 'title' here. Maybe that makes it
clearer. Giving examples 'such as a book or magazin' is very helpful to
learn what is included. Why not also give an example of what is not
included. Something like this: 'You can use the openSUSE Mark in e.g. a
title of review inside a magazine'

The general idea we should convey is this:

If a publication clearly talks about openSUSE in third person, it's fine.
If a publication can be understood to represent, contain, be part of
openSUSE, then they need approval.

'you should seek' is not really compulsory, is it? -> 'you need'

These are good suggestions. I think they resolve the problem. I'll incorporate
them in the draft and send another revision of the proposal.

Cornelius Schumacher <cschum@xxxxxxx>
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