Re: Minutes of the Board meeting of October 29th, 2013

On 18 November 2013 01:02, Emily Gonyer <emilyyrose gmail com> wrote:
So, what would Ubuntu GNOME need to do to differentiate their logo
from the 'normal' GNOME logo?

Anything which would make the logo look like a different logo. You can
find an interesting article about this at (there is a section specifically about
GNOME towards the bottom)

Can they not use the GNOME foot at all?

Yes, under nominative use when referring to GNOME itself. The logo and
trademark guidelines are available at

Could they simply add a line 'not sanctioned by the GNOME Foundation'
to the website? […]

No, as that would not affect the logo, which is a trademark of the
GNOME Foundation.


On Sun, Nov 17, 2013 at 7:26 PM, Bastien Nocera <hadess hadess net> wrote:

On 18 Nov 2013, at 01:15, Vincent Untz <vuntz gnome org> wrote:

* Ubuntu GNOME trademark usage
 * The team is using the GNOME logo for their Ubuntu spin
 * We recommended they should not use the GNOME logo in the current form
 * '''ACTION''': Karen to contact the Ubuntu GNOME spin team for
their use of the GNOME trademark

Can we get more details on this? I'm obviously lacking context, but it
sounds disappointing that downstreams cannot use the GNOME logo to
promote GNOME spins/flavors they're doing. (Saying that as an openSUSE
guy, who's not involved in Ubuntu GNOME in any way :-))

The problem, I guess from discussions when I was still on the board, is that the "Ubuntu GNOME" is just 
the GNOME logo in a circle. That's hardly enough differentiation. Using the GNOME logo on the cover art to 
show that it's built with GNOME would probably alright too.
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