As many of you may know Red Hat recently sent a Cease and Desist claiming that our DataPortability logo was too similar (Identical, in their words) to their Fedora Logo. While the claim is arguable, we have decided that rather than dispute the issue, we would take the advice of community members to hold a Logo Competition to replace the current logo with a new one.
So I would like to announce the "DataPortability Logo Competition".
The logo should:
- Be distinct, unique and easily identifiable
- Remain clear and identifiable at small sizes (e.g. 16x16)
- Convey the concept of moving/owning/syncing data
- Aesthetically fit in with a broad range of site/application designs
- Provide a clear silhouette that can be rendered in multiple colors
As part of the submission, you must be willing to give up all your rights to the copyright and donate it to the community via the DataPortability project.
Submissions can be made via JPG/GIF/PNG however please be prepared to provide high resolution/vector graphic versions of your work.
The main reason for getting involved, of course, is simply to help the community create an important Trust Mark for the emerging Data Portability conversation. As a bonus, however, we are accepting prizes from any vendors who would like to donate to the effort.
Current prize list:
- iPhone from Jive Software
- Weeks ad space on Techcrunch! Thanks to Michael Arrington over at Techcrunch
- A Month ad space on either CenterNetworks (www.centernetworks.com) or HTMLCenter (www.htmlcenter.com) thanks to Allen Stern
- $100 from Bub.blicio.us thanks to Brian Solis
- $100 of Compete Credits to get access to premium reports thanks to Jay Meattle at Compete.
- $500 and a "I'd sync that" T-shirt from Plaxo thanks to John McCrea
- An A0 Trendmap from Information Architects
- $100 from HedgeHog Lab
- Free Ticket to Plugg (worth €500) thanks to Robin Wauters
2nd and 3rd Prize will be:
If you would like to donate prizes to this competition, please email me. I will update this post to mention sponsors and prizes if any offers come in.
The co-founders of the DataPortability project, along with the steering group, will make a short list. We will then provide a web-based voting system for the community to make the final choice.
If you have a solid web-based voting solution you can recommend for that stage of the competition, please email me sooner rather than later.
- Submissions should be made to the Flickr pool.
- The deadline for submissions is March 11 2008
Once we have a logo (or at least a short list) we would welcome legal help/advice/sponsorship regarding TM and/or Community Marks so that we can ensure the logo is free and clear of IPR entanglements. If you are a legal firm and would like to sponsor this part of the process, please email me.
Spread the word:
Please help spread the word about this competition so that we can get a great cross-section of contributions and create something the community can be proud to use across the web.
Comment re: Red Hat:
Please do not flame Red Hat for their letter. It is likely that the decision to send the C&D was made by one legal person and is an honest and generic attempt to protect their TM. As a group, we hope to work with all vendors/organizations to play nice and create a healthy DataPortability enabled Internet. We welcome Red Hat to join us.
Please note that while this competition is going on, DataPortability Action Groups will continue to do the real work of promoting best practices and standards for interoperability of personal user data. Watch the timeline for updates.
Don't forget to submit your logos to the Flickr Pool.
. Chris Saad,
Co-Founder and Chair, DataPortability Project
Update: You can Digg it here to help spread the word!