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Charles ANDRES, Chief Science Officer
"Wikimedia CH" – Association for the advancement of free knowledge –
Skype: charles.andres.wmch

> Le 21 sept. 2013 à 12:16, "Tomasz W. Kozlowski" <> a 
> écrit :
> Hello community,
> this is to inform you that in response to the trademarking of the Wikimedia 
> community logo[1], created in 2006 by Artur “WarX” Fijałkowski, which was 
> discussed on this mailing list[2] as well as on Meta[3] back in March, a 
> small group of community members—Artur, myself, Federico Leva (Nemo) and John 
> Vandenberg—have initiated a formal process of opposition against the 
> registration of the trademark by the Foundation in order to *reclaim the 
> logo* for unrestricted use by the community.
> We appreciate the Foundation’s protection of the other trademarks they have 
> registered so far, including the logos of Wikipedia, Wikisource and some 
> other sister projects. In the case of the community logo, however, it is our 
> belief that the Foundation’s actions are exactly opposite to what the 
> community logo stands for and contradict the purpose behind its very 
> existence.
> We would like to make it clear that it is not our intention to damage anyone; 
> our actions are a challenge against what we perceive as unilateral 
> declaration of ownership of an asset that has always belonged to the wider 
> community, and not to one or another organisation that is part of the 
> movement. By formally opposing the registration of the trademark we hope to 
> ensure the history of this logo is not disregarded, and we wish to protect 
> the community against unnecessary bureaucracy and, to use another quote, let 
> “groups who do not purport to represent the WMF”[4] to continue to be able to 
> freely associate with a logo that has been part of their identity for so long.
> We also want to note that this is in no way a legal action against the 
> Foundation, but a simple notice of opposition against the registration of the 
> logo in the European Union. If we assume good faith, we can only be confident 
> that the WMF, having now a formal occasion, will withdraw its registration of 
> the logo rather than continue using movement resources to force the community 
> into lengthy, expensive proceedings.
> We invite all community members interested in this issue to express their 
> opinions at:
> If any of you would like to help us in any way (covering the costs of the 
> opposition, promoting the discussion, etc.), please feel free to contact us 
> off–list.
> Artur Fijalkowski (WarX)
> Tomasz Kozlowski (odder)
> Federico Leva (Nemo)
> John Vandenberg (jayvdb)
> == References ==
> * [1]
> * [2]
> * [3]
> * [4]
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