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Ubuntu’s Logo Copied By ReviewIt Mag April 12, 2007

Posted by Carthik in Friends Etc., snippets, ubuntu.
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The latest edition of Reviewit Magazine features the Ubuntu Logo on the 37th page. (via Digg). Also, as Jeff points out, they also use imagery from the Fedora stable(the bubbles), and so it is twice lame. Thanks for pointing these out, Jeff.

ReviewIt magazine copies Ubuntu Logo

Earlier there was that offending MSN Spaces Logo which looked close but wasn’t a 100% copy. That logo is not being used by spaces now, which is now called Windows Live Spaces.

So what do we do about blatant trademark violations? Somehow, the idea of a corporation that aggressively pursues copyright and trademark violation does not fit in with Open Culture. That said, it is essential to maintain the integrity of Ubuntu’s branding. I suppose since the magazine in question is not so popular, and since it is a one-off violation, nothing will be done about this (then again, I might be wrong).

By the way, I have been blogging here at a crazy rate over the past day or two. Most of the posts have been news or opinion items. This is so unlike me :) This is the last of them, I promise. It is tempting to blog about every little Ubuntu related thing that I think is interesting, but doing that takes me a little farther from the blog’s stated goal.

Update: Earlier I had implied that the logo appeared in an advertisement. It was not an ad – it was an article in the magazine. So, since it is no fault of the institution featured in the magazine, I have removed references to the institution in the article above. I apologize if I misled/misinformed anyone temporarily. I have also edited some comments below to remove references to the institution mentioned upon request. I received two emails – one each from the institution and from the magazine that seem to confirm that the logo appeared in an article, not an advertisement. Thank you!

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1. earobinson - April 12, 2007

I love your blog, and I wished you posted more often!

2. Jeff Waugh - April 12, 2007

It’s actually an ad, so not directly the magazine’s fault (might be worth updating your post to mention that)… and hilariously enough, it’s actually a combination of Ubuntu and Fedora artwork. Twice lame!

3. carthik - April 12, 2007

Thank you, earobinson :) I will try to post more regularly and more often.

Thanks Jeff, I updated the post. I swear it looked like an article the first time I saw it!

4. Fabian Rodriguez - April 12, 2007

Did anybody actually think about ASKING the magazine or the ad creators about this ? To me it looks more like some not-so-subliminal ad for… Linux (both Fedora and Ubuntu) !

The company featured doesn’ t have anything remotely similar to those graphics elements on their website. I’m thinking whoever put together the add may have played a practical joke on their customer/employer.

5. Fabian Rodriguez - April 12, 2007

URL: removed –

Sorry Fabian – but we don’t to blame those who are not responsible – hope you understand.

6. Mythos - April 12, 2007

Well the website does have a nice “Contact Us” section, with email. Not that I would suggest that anyone email them. :-)

It appears to me that they have the ad on pg 36, and an article on pg 37. The ad is the only place I saw the logo. My guess is the institution hired a company to make the ad, and the company is the one that brought out the Ubuntu logo.

They had an article in the March issue, but the logo was not present there (that I could find).

7. carthik - April 12, 2007

I wrote them an email just now – just to let them know.

8. Mythos - April 12, 2007

Let us know how they reply.

9. carthik - April 12, 2007

I got two replies, one from the institution featured in the article, and another from the magazine editor which was in reply to an email someone from the institution sent the magazine.

It wasn’t an advertisement. I have updated the post to reflect that.

The representative from the magazine has promised to look into the affair and set things right.

So there it stands! I have updated the post to remove references to the company, which, as it turns out, had nothing to do with the article’s artwork etc.

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11. Microview - April 13, 2007

Found this logo which is more similar to the Ubuntu logo then the MSN one. Ironically it’s found on the Microsoft Alumni website. Note the Ubuntu style logo upper left corner of the main page.

12. LH - April 13, 2007

Please go on blogging news and opinion pieces like this one. I haven’t that much time to follow different blogs / news sources from the Ubuntu world, so I depend on yours. Which I totally like, anyway.

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14. Lapo - April 13, 2007

I think they are using the logo-icon in tangerine I did, which is cc-by-sa and I think they are infringing the license

15. Phi - April 13, 2007

Well there’s the original, fedora bubbles and all, from Everdusk.be under splash screens (brown). If you look at the enlarged version of the magazine, you can even see where they stopped the twisty smoke behind the word “beauty”.

(Everdusk was linked in the digg thread)

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17. GoatTuber - April 14, 2007

I think it’s a pretty easy mistake for them to have made, since Ubuntu (in both meanings) can be described as beauty. I wouldn’t mind seeing the logo show up in magazines more often, provided it’s in reference to the distro.

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21. Stephen Wilson - April 18, 2007

As a long-time journalist and magazine author, I can tell you that this certainly is an “ad” as in “advertorial.” In other words, the magazine publishes so-called articles, which have actually been paid for. Just read the “article” and you can clearly see the evidence. There is no author’s name for the “article.” There is a personal testimonial. The closing section is a direct sales pitch. I’m not saying that Woodlands had anything to do with the design, but they would certainly have been involved in the creation of the “article.”

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31. ABC - December 23, 2011

I think that it is wrong to blog when people don’t have the facts. I have been in publishing for a long time and to blame the magazine without facts is SLANDER!!!!!!!! You might want to look into that before you get in trouble.


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