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From: Steve Long <slong@...>
Subject: Re: Unpermitted distribution of Gentoo shirts and mugs?
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2007 03:32:20 +0100
Posting to project as it's not technical, nor is it for nfp as it's not
questioning the legal issue.

Chris Gianelloni wrote:
> 
> To put it simply, anyone selling anything with a Gentoo logo on it is
> breaking the law, unless they are selling a Gentoo Linux CD.  In other
> words, the only allowed commercial usage is when talking *about* Gentoo.
> 
> The Friends of Gentoo e.V. have said repeatedly that they have some
> agreement with the Foundation.  As a trustee, I never saw any such
> evidence.  Any licenses given out by the Foundation for usage of our
> logos and name would need to be done in writing to have even the
> slightest chance of being legal.  If they have documentation, I would
> like to see it.
> 
> As for Cafepress and such, I check it every so often and report anyone
> using our logos and they take them down.  I have a couple places on my
> radar, I just haven't gotten all of the paperwork finished and sent in.
> 
Is it worth getting users who have legal experience/contacts, or indeed
groklaw et al to help stop this sort of thing? Or is this something the SFC
would handle on Gentoo's behalf? I am unsure if they would want to resource
it and I can't see Gentoo affording it, so that leaves it to the users to
help with :-) It shouldn't be taking up developer time imo.


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