|| ||"Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier" <jzb-AT-zonker.net>|
|| ||openSUSE Marketing <opensuse-marketing-AT-opensuse.org>,
|| ||[opensuse-announce] openSUSE Trademark Guidelines Released|
|| ||Mon, 2 Mar 2009 18:39:58 -0500|
The openSUSE Project is pleased to announce the release of the openSUSE
Trademark Guidelines (PDF). With the guidelines, the openSUSE Project is
looking to clarify the use of the openSUSE marks and make it easier to
redistribute openSUSE-based projects.
Since it's easier than ever to create customized versions of openSUSE, we've
seen a lot of interest in the branding of derivative distros. When is it OK to
call a distro "openSUSE," or "powered by openSUSE," and when does the branding
need to be removed entirely? The guidelines are an attempt to answer as many
of those questions as possible in one concise document.
What Do the Guidelines Cover?
The openSUSE Trademark Guidelines cover using the openSUSE marks for
derivative distributions, merchandise, domain names, advocacy groups, events,
publications, advertising materials, and much more.
If you're doing anything that involves redistributing openSUSE or materials
with the openSUSE marks, you should look over the trademark guidelines to
ensure that your use is permitted.
Seeking Special Permission
If you want to use the official openSUSE marks, but fall outside the permitted
uses_ _it is still possible to get permission. If you'd like to seek special
permisison, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact
information and an explanation of the situation.
For discussion of the guidelines and policies around the openSUSE marks, feel
free to ask on the openSUSE-project mailing list. (opensuse-
email@example.com, subscribe using
Discussion about openSUSE branding in general can be directed to the openSUSE
marketing mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org, subscribe using
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