[haiku-development] Trademark issues with use of PDF logo?

  • From: Justin Stressman <jstressman@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: haiku-development@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 03:31:16 -0400

The document "Adobe Trademark Guidelines - For third parties who
license, use or refer to Adobe trademarks" seems to make it pretty
clear that unless we have specific written consent (a license) from
Adobe directly, we cannot use the Adobe PDF logo (the red triple swirl
thing) as part of our icons like we're currently doing.

"Product signatures, logos or trademarks in stylized form may only be
used if you have obtained a prior written license from Adobe and your
use complies with the terms and conditions of the license.  Under no
circumstances may you modify, distort, or add to Adobe product
signatures, logos or stylized trademarks." [1 - page 6]

"Companies who are not Adobe licensees but who claim to have
technology that accurately implements the PDF specification and is
compatible with Adobe Acrobat products may claim, if true, for
example, that their PDF producer programs create PDF files.  Such
companies may not make use of terms such as “Adobe Acrobat file” or
“Adobe PDF” in connection with their products or the Adobe PDF logo to
identify their products or the PDF output of their products." [1 -
page 10]

Our "File_PDF", "Prefs_Printer_PDF", and "Prefs_Printer_PDF_2" icons
all use the Adobe PDF stylized logo icon in apparent violation of
their legal guidelines.

Is this something we can address some other way, such as using a
little extension overlay like the different archive type icons do?
Like a few pages with the little swoosh badge with "PDF" in it?

On a side note; BePDF is only available as an optional 3rd party
package, so the fault isn't really with Haiku, but their logo does
seem to be in clear violation as well [2][3].

[1] http://www.adobe.com/misc/pdfs/TM_GuideforThirdPartiesFinalPrint.pdf
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BePDF
[3] http://bepdf.sourceforge.net/

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