How to open source a project, but still protect company logos and trademarks that may exist in the code

| | August 4, 2015

What’s the appropriate strategy to open source a project under something like a GPL or BSD license, but still protect the logos and trademark of the company? Specifically, the program contains company logos in the GUI for the software. Generally, it’s easier to just distribute these logos as part of the code repository. However, in this instance, I’m interested in open sourcing the code, but not the company identity, logos, or trademark. As such, what are different ways of handling this situation?

One Response to “How to open source a project, but still protect company logos and trademarks that may exist in the code”

  1. One way to handle this is to look at how other groups in similar situations have handled trademark of their logos. For example, the Apache Software Foundation has some guidelines for how their feather logo is to be used: http://www.apache.org/foundation/marks/#principles

    Mozilla has a similiar thing with their firefox logo: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/styleguide/identity/firefox/branding/

    FSF has their logos licensed under Creative Commons: http://www.gnu.org/graphics/license-logos.html

    I would suggest finding a project or foundation that has similar license or philosophy to yours, and model what you are doing after what they have already done.

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