Subject: Re: Copyright/trademark and the BSD daemon (was: Re: unofficial poll about new logo)
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From: Wolfgang S. Rupprecht <wolfgang+gnus20041101T121104@dailyplanet.dontspam.wsrcc.com>
Date: 11/01/2004 12:20:15
> Also, I thought that he specifically disavowed the "beastie" name, saying
> that the guy whose image he holds under copyright never had a name.
Amusingly enough, Kirk couldn't name the http directory '', so guess
which name he chose? ;-)
In any case, the lowdown on the daemon's copyright can be found here.
Statement on the Use of the BSD Daemon Figure:
The BSD Daemon is copyrighted by Marshall Kirk McKusick. Usage of the
daemon is permitted under the terms described below. Several of the
shirts shown in this web page were produced by others after obtaining
written permission to use the daemon. The copyright of the derivative
artwork remains with the shirt producer; such copyrights are noted in
the descriptive text for the shirt.
Individuals may use the daemon for their personal use within the
bounds of good taste (an example of bad taste was a picture of the BSD
daemon blowtorching a Solaris logo). When reasonably possible, I would
like the text ``BSD Daemon Copyright 1988 by Marshall Kirk McKusick.
All Rights Reserved.'' to be included. This text need not be etched
into the figure or garishly displayed when using the daemon as say an
Icon in a web frame. A good example of how to handle the due credit in
a web page is to create a link from the daemon picture to the
BSD Daemon Copyright 1988 by Marshall Kirk McKusick.
All Rights Reserved.
Permission to use the daemon may be obtained from:
Marshall Kirk McKusick
1614 Oxford St
Berkeley, CA 94709-1608
or via email at email@example.com
If you want to mass produce the daemon on Tshirts, CDROM's, etc you
need to request permission in advance. In general, I require that the
daemon be used in an appropriate way. This means that it has to be
something related to BSD and not expropriated as a company logo
(though I do allow companies with BSD-based products such as Scotgold
or WindRiver to use it). I regret having to be so legalistic about the
daemon, but I almost lost the daemon to a certain large company
because I failed to show due dilligence in protecting it. So, I've
taken due dilligence seriously since then.
Marshall Kirk McKusick