James Barrett on 24 Aug 2008 13:43:48 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] PLUG Logo! And LinkedIn

On Sun, Aug 24, 2008 at 3:01 PM, Jeff Abrahamson <jeff@purple.com> wrote:
> At a talk a couple years ago by Lawrence Lessig (who is a lawyer), I
> believe he noted some problems with putting things in the public
> domain.  The piece of it I remember probably applies to code and not
> to art: that you can't enforce license terms, such as people agreeing
> not to sue you if it doesn't work.
> I bring this up somewhat pedantically: the public domain is not as
> simple as it is sometimes made out to be.

General rhetorical question:

What if a corporation wanted to use a public domain "ben franklin tux
logo" in their massively-produced pamphlets or brochures, or in a huge
ad campaign without citing the source?  Would people who otherwise had
never before seen the PLUG logo automatically start mentally
associating it with that other event, company, product or service?

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