The only worthwhile logo-related comments so far....

Nikolas Britton freebsd at
Sun Feb 13 12:56:05 PST 2005

Chris Zumbrunn wrote:

> On Feb 13, 2005, at 7:44 PM, Nikolas Britton wrote:
>> Chris Zumbrunn wrote:
>>> While the Beastie mascot isn't exclusive to FreeBSD and instead is 
>>> used as a mascot for BSD unixes in general, a new FreeBSD Beastie 
>>> logo is subject to the additional copyright of its designer and can 
>>> as such be exclusive to the FreeBSD project. In combination with the 
>>> word FreeBSD and with the approval of the copyright holders, it 
>>> could indeed even be registered as a trademark. But FreeBSD is not a 
>>> company, and for its marketing purposes it doesn't require the 
>>> protection of a trademark. So, replacing Beastie as the FreeBSD logo 
>>> is NOT necessary.
>> The FreeBSD Foundation was setup was for thing such as this, 
>> currently the 'FreeBSD' trademark is under the control of the 
>> foundation. Also I feel that the designer of this new logo should 
>> transfer copyright holder status to FreeBSD or the Foundation.
> As far as I know that's a trademark for the word FreeBSD - not a logo 
> trademark. Even a company would usually only go through the trouble of 
> registering a logo trademark if it can't get protection for the word 
> because it is to generic. Beastie itself of course should continue to 
> belong to the entire BSD community. The FreeBSD foundation "only" owns 
> the word FreeBSD - but that's entirely sufficient.
> /czv
I think It can be both... when the symbols F, r, e, B, S, and D are 
combined together to form "FreeBSD" is what's trademarked and the medium 
is Irrelavant as long as you can see it.

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