Re: Linux logo

Robert L Krawitz (
Mon, 20 May 1996 09:46:49 -0400

Date: Mon, 20 May 1996 12:46:47 +0200
From: Herbert Wengatz <>

+> C O O L <- big font white on purple
+> it works with <- small italics purple on white
+> L I N U X <- big font white on purple

Yeah, well, that is a bit overdone...

+> They provide a license to use the logo for a $1.00 per year fee. They
+> say they require a license fee to "secure a valid legal agreement".

Interesting. Who said, they may claim anything about a "legal agreement" ?

I think there's some kind of law that legal contracts aren't valid
unless both parties receive something of value. In this case,
presumably they've trademarked that logo, and in order to maintain a
trademark they have to control its use. The $1 payment ensures that
the license is considered valid.

(Note that I'm not a lawyer. They don't seem to like it when those of
us who aren't don't make that clear :-) Then again, those of us who
aren't really don't want to be confused for one :-)) )

Robert Krawitz <> 

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