Ubuntu has nearly the same logo as the Microsoft Alumni Network

Joel Bryan Juliano joelbryan.juliano at gmail.com
Thu Oct 5 03:30:17 BST 2006

On 10/3/06, Daniel Robitaille <robitaille at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-03-10 at 23:04 -0400, Andrew Hunter wrote:
> > Check out the bug [0]. Thought that this might warrent disscussion if it
> has
> > not been raised before.
> >
> > [0] https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+bug/63890
> That logo seems to be a variation of the typical 3-people logo Microsoft
> seems to be using nowadays for various online services.  For example
> check the image on the bottom right ("About Spaces") on this page:
> http://spaces.live.com/
> And of course some of us can remember this old debate over a year ago
> about the previous Microsoft Spaces logo:
> http://benhourigan.com/archives/2005/04/09/microsoft-copies-ubuntu-logo/

If the Ubuntu logo is a copyright logo, I think they have the right to press
charges, since according to O'Reilly's "Understanding Open Source and Free
Software Licenses" <http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/osfreesoft/book/ch01.pdf>
copyright protects the "expression of an idea.".

I think they copy the same expression of the Ubuntu Logo.
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