Gentoo Trademark License
The Gentoo Foundation, Inc.
is the owner of the Gentoo trademark (for the United States of America and other
regions that recognize a U.S.A. registration), and as such, it is necessary for
us to protect this mark. Part of this protection is to clearly define criteria
that must be satisfied in order to use the Gentoo trademark.
The Gentoo Project is a Free Software project, and as such it is important to
the Gentoo Foundation, Inc. that the uses of the
Gentoo trademark are in the spirit of Free Software. This license attempts to
codify the practices generally accepted in a Free Software community regarding
the use of a trademark. Broadly speaking, this means that the community should be
allowed to use the trademark to identify related products, libraries, community
organizations, events, or education and training materials, as long as that
activity doesn't violate the spirit of Free Software. The license also attempts
to place some light social pressure on those directly using the Gentoo trademark
to make money. Anyone making a profit by using the Gentoo trademark is required
to report what proportion of that money will be contributed back to the community.
It's also important to note that this license only applies if you intend to use
(or are already using) a trademark of your own that incorporates the Gentoo
name, and/or incorporates the official logo/colors of the Gentoo project. If
your usage of the Gentoo name is purely nominative, you don't need to license
the Gentoo trademark - nominative use is an allowed use under trademark law.
Gentoo Trademark License
The Gentoo Foundation, Inc.,
as the owner of registered and common law trademarks of the Gentoo name and logo (in
the United States of America and other regions recognizing its registrations),
licenses the use of the Gentoo trademarks to the community under the following
You may use the Gentoo name and logo on a list of services, tools, or supported
platforms, or as an identifier that a product or service is Gentoo-related,
provided that the usage of the logo does not imply that the organization is
official or otherwise endorsed by the Gentoo Foundation, Inc.,
or by the Gentoo project, and the logo acts as a hyperlink to the main Gentoo project website wherever technically
Gentoo-related software projects
You may not use the Gentoo name in any software project that can be used to
augment or extend the capabilities of official Gentoo project software (hosted
on the gentoo.org domain).
This does not apply to the Gentoo
File Manager project, developed by Emil Bink.
Groups and Events
You may incorporate the Gentoo name into the name of any group or event,
The purpose of the group or event is to educate, provide networking
opportunities, or provide a social outlet for Gentoo users;
The name of the group or event is formed by combining the name "Gentoo" with
other words that qualify the geographical location, intended audience, or the
activities of the group or event.
If the group or event requires fees for membership or attendance, it must be
made clear at the time the fee is paid what income organizers will be deriving
from the event, and what proportion of event profits, if any, will be returned
to the Gentoo Foundation, Inc. as a donation;
The website for the group or event does not imply that it is official or
otherwise endorsed by the Gentoo Foundation, Inc.
The group or event agrees to adhere to the Gentoo
Community Code of Conduct;
The group or event also adopts a specific Code of Conduct governing the
behavior of participants.
A group or event may use a logo that incorporates the Gentoo logo by adding a
word or picture that identifies the locality (for example, the name of a city,
or a stylized image of an identifiable city landmark), audience, or activities
of the group or event.
You may produce merchandise displaying the Gentoo name or logo, provided that:
Artwork to be printed on merchandise has been formally approved by the Gentoo
The products on which the artwork is to appear has been formally approved by
the Gentoo Foundation, Inc.
If the product is to be sold, the individual or organization producing the
product must make a clear statement declaring what proportion of the sale
price will be retained by the organizers, and what proportion, if any, will be
contributed back to the Gentoo Foundation, Inc.
To obtain formal approval for your merchandise sale, please submit an electronic
copy of the proof artwork, plus a list of all products to be sold, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Products and services serving the community
You may incorporate the Gentoo name into any website or product whose purpose is
to organize, educate or inform the Gentoo community, provided that:
The website or product does not use the official Gentoo logo or color palette
in its design, except as provided for by earlier sections in this license;
The website or product does not imply that it is official or otherwise
endorsed by the Gentoo Foundation, Inc.
If a fee is to be charged for the product, or for access to any or all of the
material on the website, a clear statement must exist declaring what
proportion of those fees will be retained by the authors, and what proportion,
if any, will be contibuted back to the Gentoo Foundation, Inc.
A link to this statement must be prominently displayed on the website
Other commercial activity
You may not use the Gentoo name in the registered name of any company
that offers Gentoo project related services.
You may not incorporate the Gentoo name or logo into the name of any
product to be sold by a commercial entity when that product or entity is Gentoo
You may use the Gentoo name in any internet domain or subdomain:
For any Gentoo-related project meeting the requirements of the section on Gentoo related software
For any group or event meeting the requirements of the section on Groups and events.
Any merchandise provider meeting the requirements of the section on Merchandise, provided the products sold under that
domain are exclusively Gentoo merchandise
Any website or product meeting the requirements of the section on Products and services
serving the community.
Uses outside of this license
If your usage, or proposed usage, of the Gentoo name or trademark does not meet
these criteria, a specific license may be granted to your organization, at the
Gentoo Foundation, Inc. discretion. Please contact
with the details or your proposed usage, and a license
may be granted.
Notwithstanding the above, licensees of the Gentoo mark must not use that mark
to cast the Gentoo project, Gentoo Foundation, Inc.,
or Gentoo community into disrepute, or engage in business practices that reflect
poorly on the Gentoo project, Gentoo Foundation, Inc.,
or Gentoo community.
The Gentoo Foundation, Inc. reserve the right to
determine if a usage of the Gentoo trademark meets the requirements and standards
of this license.
Frequently Asked Questions
What about the earlier name/logo usage guidelines?
The previous name/logo usage
guidelines as published by the Gentoo Foundation, Inc. remain available for
those applications granted before the publication of this new license.
What about non-USA trademarks?
The Lizensierung der Marke "Gentoo"
as published by the Förderverein Gentoo e.V. (who also owns the trademarks in Europe)
defines the usage rights of the name and logo inside Europe.
What is this license based on?
The new License has been based on the Django Trademark License Agreement
and is, as such, also released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike
The contents of this document, unless otherwise expressly stated, are
licensed under the CC-BY-SA-3.0 license. The Gentoo Name and Logo Usage Guidelines apply.