[R] "Use R" -- term and logo copyright?

Achim Zeileis Achim.Zeileis at wu-wien.ac.at
Tue Oct 13 11:00:11 CEST 2009


> I would like to start some R workshops at King's College London, and
> to do so, I would like to use the "Use R!" logo at
> http://www.agrocampus-ouest.fr/math/useR-2009//useR%21%202008_fichiers/useR-middle.png
> Since it seems to be difficult to get a shell account at KCL, I also went
> ahead and registered use-r.org.uk and am starting to put together a
> website at kcl.use-r.org.uk.
> I really like the "Use R!" slogan, which seems to be used by the R
> user conferences and Springer (the latter without the exclamation
> mark).

The conference is called "useR!" and Springer decided to call their series 
"Use R!" (with exclamation mark) after asking us for permission.

> Even more, I really *really* like "Use R!" logo.  I think it is very
> elegant indeed! Kudos to whoever designed it.
> However, I'm completely in the dark about copyright issues of the logo
> and the slogan.
> Can I use (a) the logo and/or (b) the slogan for the KCL R workshops?
> I think it is quite clear from "my" website that this is neither about
> the Springer book series nor about an R user conference.

No, sorry, the logo/name should be used exclusively for the Springer 
series and the R User Conferences. For the latter see

Hence, the logo of your workshop and preferably also its URL should be 
different. You may use "R" in the title though and have the usual R logo 
on the workshop page.

Best regards,

> I enquired with the agrocampus-ouest.fr website about the logo but was
> pointed to r-project.org and the R development core team. I thought in
> that case it might be best to ask here to have the answer publicly
> available -- sorry if I overlooked the information online somewhere.
> Marianne
> -- 
> Marianne Promberger PhD, King's College London
> http://promberger.info
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