OS logos and copyright?

Frank D. Engel, Jr. fde101 at fjrhome.net
Tue Dec 6 16:52:06 EST 2005


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Both M$ and Apple have standard procedures you can go through to be 
certified to include their logos on your packaging, and special rules 
apply.  See the developer sections of their sites for more info.  The 
answers are out there...

On Dec 5, 2005, at 3:56 AM, Mathewson wrote:

> 2 BIG questions:
>
> 1.
>
> Suppose I author a piece of software and somewhere within
> it use the logos of Mac, Win and Tux without any words
>
> (c.f. the icons used in the RR help system)
>
> if I use them without seeking any licence or permission
> from Apple, Microsoft or L.Torvalds (?) am I liable under
> copyright law?

Yes, except possibly for Tux -- don't know about that one.

>
> 2.
>
> Suppose on the box of the software product I write
>
> "Suitable for WINDOWS" with the MS Windows logo -
>
> am I legally liable?
>
> sincerely, Richmond

Yes

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Frank D. Engel, Jr.  <fde101 at fjrhome.net>

$ ln -s /usr/share/kjvbible /usr/manual
$ true | cat /usr/manual | grep "John 3:16"
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have 
everlasting life.
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