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Re: License of W3C icons

From: Olivier Thereaux <olivier.thereaux@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 6 May 2014 20:43:17 +0000
To: Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net>, Dimitri John Ledkov <xnox@debian.org>
CC: "www-qa@w3.org" <www-qa@w3.org>
Message-ID: <9663E2BF-19B6-4797-A427-ED7601B529DC@bbc.co.uk>

On 5 May 2014, at 10:09, Karl Dubost <karl@la-grange.net> wrote:
> Note that for example the HTML5 logo has a more permissive license.
> http://www.w3.org/html/logo/faq.html#how-licenced

The terms around this HTML logo are an interesting precedent. Let’s remember that the situation with the “valid” logos are essentially a (clumsy, in my opinion, which in truth is not worth much… I Am Not A Lawyer) way for the W3C to protect its trademark - of which the W3C logo is an integral part - through copyright enforcement. Note that it isn’t a gratuitous nasty move by W3C: by law they have to protect their trademark, or lose it.

The fact that the HTML5 logo - which includes the W3C logo - can be distributed under permissive terms may point to a change of approach in the protection of the W3C trademark. I don’t know. W3C’s counsel may. 

But to get back to the issue at hand, Dimitri: what’s wrong with distributing the validator with an alternate set of icons, one that would not include the W3C logo-mark? I seem to recall we did just that, all those years ago, and it might actually have been for Debian… 


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