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    Exclamation HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    I found this on Reddit and I was amazed nobody is talking about it over here. Well the site http://www.hmrgroup.co.uk/ is been using this logo which is strictly forbidden by the Ubuntu trademark policy http://www.ubuntu.com/aboutus/trademarkpolicy

    Here is HMR:



    Ubuntu's Logo:

    Last edited by Orlsend; May 15th, 2009 at 10:39 AM.

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    Re: HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    Quote Originally Posted by Orlsend View Post
    I found this on Reddit and I was amazed nobody is talking about it over here. Well the site http://www.hmrgroup.co.uk/ Been using this logo which is strictly forbidden by the Ubuntu trademark http://www.ubuntu.com/aboutus/trademarkpolicy

    Here is HMR:



    Ubuntu's Logo:

    It's a clear rip-off.

    I don't know how those guys designing the logo for that company thought nobody was going to notice.

    There are millions of Ubuntu users.

    Have you already contacted Canonical?

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    Re: HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    Canonical should sue!

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    Re: HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    Quote Originally Posted by dspari1 View Post
    Canonical should sue!
    No they shouldn't at first.

    HMR most likely is unaware that the guys they hired to make the logo used an existing one.

    I'm sure that if Canonical brings that to their attention, HMR will change the logo.

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    Re: HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    HMR Group seems to be two years older than Canonical. I wonder if HMR had this logo before Canonical did.

    Also, I don't think it's possible to trademark the concept of a logo featuring three people holding hands in a circle.

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    Re: HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    No I havent noticed Canonical, I although over reddit theres big hype in the linux comunity so I am sure they already covered that.

    I think this email template would be the best thing:



    To whom it may concern:

    As I'm no doubt sure you are aware, your company is currently receiving some rather negative publicity due to your choice in logos being so very similar to that of the Ubuntu logo used by Canonical, Inc. (Reference: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1159916 )

    While it is a minuscule amount right now, I cannot help but note that such usage as shown on this page ( http://www.hmrgroup.co.uk/ ) is explicitly forbidden by the terms of use that Canonical issued for the logo of the Ubuntu distribution of Linux ( http://www.ubuntu.com/ ).

    I do not, myself, expect a response to this message. However, your courtesy in promptly altering your page to remove any images similar to that of the Ubuntu logo would be well received by myself, and the Linux community as a whole.

    Thank you, in advance, for your time and attention.

    [My Name],
    Ubuntu user and resident of [City, State I live in]

    Last edited by Orlsend; May 15th, 2009 at 10:35 AM.

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    Re: HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    Quote Originally Posted by Giant Speck View Post
    Also, I don't think it's possible to trademark the concept of a logo featuring three people holding hands in a circle.
    Sure it is. Maybe not three people holding hands in a circle, but that's not what the logo is (I know that it represents three people, but they aren't people). I see a circle with some dots.

    It's is a copy/paste of the Ubuntu logo, with different colours.
    Last edited by billgoldberg; May 15th, 2009 at 10:35 AM.

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    Re: HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    Quote Originally Posted by Orlsend View Post
    No I havent noticed Canonical, I although over reddit theres big hype in the linux comunity so I am sure they already covered that.

    I think this email template would be the best thing:



    To whom it may concern:

    As I'm no doubt sure you are aware, your company is currently receiving some rather negative publicity due to your choice in logos being so very similar to that of the Ubuntu logo used by Canonical, Inc. (Reference: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1159916 )

    While it is a minuscule amount right now, I cannot help but note that such usage as shown on this page ( http://www.hmrgroup.co.uk/ ) is explicitly forbidden by the terms of use that Canonical issued for the logo of the Ubuntu distribution of Linux ( http://www.ubuntu.com/ ).

    I do not, myself, expect a response to this message. However, your courtesy in promptly altering your page to remove any images similar to that of the Ubuntu logo would be well received by myself, and the Linux community as a whole.

    Thank you, in advance, for your time and attention.

    [My Name],
    Ubuntu user and resident of [City, State I live in]

    Just to be sure, I'll inform them.

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    Re: HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    HMR's e-mail:

    enquiries@hmrgroup.co.uk

    I also sent one email.

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    Re: HMR group possibly stealing the Ubuntu Logo

    Quote Originally Posted by Orlsend View Post
    I think this email template would be the best thing:
    You can notify Canonical of anyone ripping off the Ubuntu trademark yourself:

    http://www.ubuntu.com/contact/trademarkviolation

    It's their job to chase these things up really.

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