Logos etc

Frank Mittelbach frank.mittelbach at latex-project.org
Tue Nov 28 09:39:26 CET 2023

Am 27.11.23 um 22:36 schrieb Karl Berry:
>      What is the policy of TL with respect to publishers packages that
>      include trademarked logos etc?
> https://tug.org/texlive/copying.html

I'm not sure how defensible this position really is (without further 
qualification). After all, there *are* file, and have to be, that do not 
meet what is written in that link.

Perhaps the most prominent are license files such as the GPL license, 
which may be part of a package (and it is recommended to be included). 
As this is a license it explicitly prohibits change of itself and this 
is understandable and make a lot of sense.

But according to plain reading such package could not be distributed 
with TL -- or am I mistaken?

My personal feeling is that a trademarked "logo" falls into a similar 
category and the fact that a documentation of a package includes a 
display of the logo (that itself would be not allowed to be manipulated) 
should not prevent such a bundle from being distributable in TL as long 
as the documentation source that makes use of the logo is freely 
changeable, so that you can alter it and take the logo out (replacing it 
with something else).


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