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


From: Robert Slover
Subject: Re: A band (FNCY) in Japan is using our logo....
Date: Thu, 2 May 2019 02:23:56 -0400

Greg,

The record label, EvilLine, seems to be a fairly new division of King Records Japan, one of the largest record companies in Japan. The web site selling the FNCY merchandise featuring the GNUstep logo appears to be owned by them, and they have a contact form reachable via Google Translate: [ https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fkingeshop.jp%2Fshop%2Fpages%2Ffncy-goods.aspx ]. This is an entity that should take notice of copyright violations. The only other direct contact information I can find for EvilLine itself is an email address to send demo tapes to: address@hidden . I doubt that will be too effective.

If these avenues don’t pan out, the FNCY web page you originally referenced contains links to the 3 FNCY singles via Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, and Amazon Music, among others. These are entities that would be obligated to respond to a DMCA notification by removing the offending media. That would probably get someone’s attention if nothing else does.

—Robert

On May 1, 2019, at 6:56 PM, Gregory Casamento <address@hidden> wrote:

Please let me know what you guys thing.  I am going to write them an email and, at least, let them know that they are using our logo.

GC

On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 5:35 PM Robert Slover <address@hidden> wrote:
Perhaps useful for argument’s sake, the Wayback Machine has the GNUstep home page archived from January 1997, with the logo prominently displayed throughout the site. [ http://web.archive.org/web/19970127185353/http://www.gnustep.org/ ]. The “About GNUstep” link there contains credit for the logo by Ayis Theseas Pyrros, and this text is still present on the current site.

—Robert

On May 1, 2019, at 17:11, Gregory Casamento <address@hidden> wrote:

That makes total sense.   Now I need to figure out how to contact them.

GC

On Wed, May 1, 2019 at 4:52 PM Derek Fawcus <address@hidden> wrote:
On Wed, May 01, 2019 at 09:42:17AM -0400, Gregory Casamento wrote:
> 
> 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.

I'd suggest contacting them to stake your claim, other than that I don't know.

This is because one other concern would be if they became sucessful enough,
they (or their agents or publishers) may turn around and claim the project
is infringing their rights/property in the logo.

Which could be problematic if they file a suit.

DF

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