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Re: A band (FNCY) in Japan is using our logo....


From: Ivan Vučica
Subject: Re: A band (FNCY) in Japan is using our logo....
Date: Wed, 1 May 2019 18:12:41 +0100

This is so blatant that trademark laws don't need to apply; as you aay, copyright does. Who owns the copyright to the logo? Has it been assigned to FSF? What license applies to the logo?

The applicable distribution license may tell us what the copyright holder (FSF? Artist?) can request them to do.

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On Wed, May 1, 2019, 14:43 Gregory Casamento <address@hidden> wrote:
Dr. Schaller,

These are the precise questions I've been struggling with.

On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 1:03 AM H. Nikolaus Schaller <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Greg,

> Am 01.05.2019 um 02:46 schrieb Gregory Casamento <address@hidden>:
>
>
> See anything familiar?
>
> http://fncy.tokyo/
>
> GC
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> Gregory Casamento
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Looks quite similar. The questions are
a) if it is possible to do anything (lawsuit? is the GNUstep logo a registered trade mark?)

I'm not sure that it is.  I don't think so, but at the very least the copyright does belong to the FSF.  There is certainly no possibility of "brand confusion" since they don't make software. (LOL)

b) if it is wise to do anything (it may be cheap advertisement)

I considered this as well.

c) could the band donate a GNUstep song or special sounds for mutual benefit?

I don't know... I mean what would they do for us if they did?   Does anyone think it's wise to let them know at the very least that they are using our logo?  I mean I feel like we should be flattered that they liked it enough to make it theirs, but I don't think they even are aware that they are using it as Roger pointed out.
Just some thoughts,
Nikolaus

Later,

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