I’ve seen a few things about Fedora recently in my dashboard and I finally decided to take a look at what the stories have all been about. I read TechCrunch’s take on the logo war Red Hat is bringing on the DataPortability WorkGroup. My first thought was how similar the Fedora logo is to Dosh Dosh’s logo and the Quark logo. Then, I remembered reading a post about how similar the Quark logo was to a range of others, which also looks like the Fedora logo. Take a look:
The two logos from Red Hat’s Fedora and the DataPortability WorkGroup:
Here’s the dosh dosh logo:
Here’s the Quark logo:
Here’s a bevy of similar logos:
(This image is from Under Consideration)
So, here’s the deal Red Hat. Your logo is no where in the vicinity of unique! You certainly can not claim the infinity symbol is yours to trademark. You are supposed to be a participant in the open source community, and this kind of action doesn’t bode well there. No one is confused about the two brands, particularly since one doesn’t have a commercial product or offers services!
My advice, stop this bullying while people still respect you.
It appears that the DataPortability WorkGroup wants to freshen their logo anyway, so if you want to help them they have started a logo competition.
Even though the DataPortability WorkGroup has chosen the high road, I still think it’s important for people to know that Red Hat was in the wrong here. Their logo shares more in common with logos that were created before Fedora’s than it does with the one from the DataPortability WorkGroup. I want to advance that message because I don’t think the DataPortability WorkGroup deserves to look like hacks when Red Hat is far guiltier of copying other logos.