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Re: Semantic Web logo. Copyrights, etc

From: Aldo Bucchi <aldo.bucchi@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 12:12:31 -0400
Message-ID: <7a4ebe1d0903230912u13d826b9m6ea38abbf8750c20@mail.gmail.com>
To: Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>
Cc: Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>

On Mon, Mar 23, 2009 at 4:47 AM, Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org> wrote:
> Aldo,
> Yes. The box
> http://www.w3.org/Icons/SW/sw-cube.{svg,png,giv}
> can be used as you describe. If put into a composition but it is clearly
> recognizable, I do not see any issue with that either. A good example is
> the logo used by RPI:
> http://tw.rpi.edu/wiki/Main_Page
> (They actually went out of their way by creating an image map, so that
> the box links to the W3C site, whereas other parts of the logo links to
> RPI...)

OK Great ;)

> 'Distortion' is not listed on the logo page and, I presume, this might
> be a borderline. I could apply strong distortion that would make the
> logo barely recognizable, and I think W3C might have an issue with that.
> But mild distortion (ie, slight change in scale factors) should be fine.
> If you really want to apply such distortion, you may want to check with
> W3C first.

I can't remember now, but I am sure there are some distorted versions
out there in the wild. In particular I remember one with a twirl.

In a dogfood manner, is there an RDF vocabulary to describe such
relations? ( derived from ).
It would be useful if the W3C demanded the generated logos to be
RDF-linked to the page via a wiki for example.
Well, that's too much of a stretch, but I think this is not too crazy
an idea: Dogfood, show benefits (right on the page via a dynamic link)
and save some work W3C work patrolling for logos.

This is also in line with CC and, perhaps, even Open Data licensing, etc.

> Cheers
> Ivan


PS. I said "derivatives". The D word... sorry for that ;)

> Aldo Bucchi wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> Not sure if this is the place for this, but I believe it is common concern.
>> I have seen several projects using tweaks (color, distortion,
>> composition) of the Semantic Web "box" logo. After reading the
>> policies I "believe" that this is allowed as long as there is no "W3C"
>> logo involved.
>> http://www.w3.org/2007/10/sw-logos.html
>> Is this correct? Can I create such modifiied derivatives from the
>> clean box logo w/o running into any problems?
>> Composition is the border case as the logo is unmodified and
>> recognizable, therefore legally "troublesome".
>> My 2 cents is that they should allow "anything" as long as you strip
>> the W3C part.
>> Thanks,
>> A
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