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Topic #153: Logos
By Adam Nielson (monkeyboy)

#1: Adam Nielson (monkeyboy) on Mar 9, 2009

I would like to thank the many of you who continue to create new "logo" puzzles. I think they make nice webpbn puzzles.
#2: Jan Wolter (jan) on Mar 10, 2009
And to think I thought everyone was copying my logo puzzles, #27, #34, #109, #130, #133, #206, #209, #213, #214, #217, #224, #233 and #404.
#3: Adam Nielson (monkeyboy) on Mar 10, 2009
They might be... you never know. Thanks for going to all that trouble to name all of your logos.
#4: Jan Wolter (jan) on Mar 11, 2009
There are more. I got bored.

I think logos are one of the categories that you don't see much in puzzle books and magazines, but that's just because they are legally iffy. They are typically somebody's trademark and thus not in the public domain. The only "logo" I remember seeing in a GWoP puzzle was the new name of the artist then known as the artist formerly known as Prince, aka O(+>, but who is now known as Prince again.

I have a strict policy here against the actual reproduction of puzzles from other sources. I haven't been so strict about puzzles whose images are of trademarked or copyrighted material. I've even stepped across that line more than a few times myself. But technically I guess many of these are, in fact, improper. If Disney ever sent us a "cease and desist" order, I'm afraid the list of Adam's puzzle creations would be cut in half.

But I'm going to go right on ignoring that problem. I just don't feel strongly about it. There are many good reasons behind copyright law, but I can't see that many apply to this case. If you work really hard, you'll find a little Mickey Mouse fan art buried here, but there is no picture of Mickey Mouse on the front page of this site. We're not using him to promote the site.

I have occasionally thought of doing a form of syndication from this site. Users would have the option of making their puzzles available for syndication. Then other web sites could insert a few lines of HTML on their web pages that would case a playable puzzle from webpbn to appear there, either a random puzzle or a selected puzzle. If I did that I might feel a bit more nervous about puzzles that depict copyrighted or trademarked images, and might want to ban them from syndication. But I don't expect that I will do that any time soon. I can't really believe there would be a lot of demand for it.

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