[Fedora-legal-list] W3C logo and icon usage

Ville Skyttä ville.skytta at iki.fi
Mon Feb 16 22:28:00 UTC 2009


There are some packages that contain W3C logos and icons which are not under 
the W3C software license, but are covered by other licenses.


At least the "W3C Icon" and a bunch of "W3C Validator Logos" are included in 
some packages.  There are some constraints on these icons/logos that I think 
might make them problematic for inclusion Fedora:

1) No modification permitted (OTOH I believe it's the same thing with 
Mozilla's logos in firefox, thunderbird etc).

2) The "W3C Valid $foo" logos may only be used on pages that pass validation, 
and they have some other usage restrictions wrt. where they can/must link to 

What does this mean for packages including these icons?  Are they ok as is, 
undistributable, ok if icons removed from binary packages and software/docs 
modified to link to online icons on W3C sites instead of shipped copies, ok 
with icons removed also from source tarballs in the source rpm, something 
else?  Affected packages include at least w3c-markup-validator (icons both in 
source and binary rpms), xhtml1-dtds and html401-dtds (some icons in source 
rpms, but not in binaries).

An entry in the license list for this wouldn't hurt.

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