Firstly sorry for the formality of the post but today, I took the time to examine the new Rust Trademark Policy, which can be accessed through the Rust Trademark Policy Comment Form.
If you are a Rustacean, or are on the process of turning into one, please review it. The more we make our voice heard the easier they will amend this policy.
The feedback that I left was:
As a content creator, particularly a blog writer, I have some concerns regarding the implications of this policy on my hobby. These concerns include:
- The requirement to include a disclaimer alongside the Rust Logo on tutorials and blog posts, clarifying that they are not endorsed by the Rust Foundation. This stipulation may be perceived as unnecessary since most readers are aware that online tutorials are typically created by community members rather than the foundation itself.
- The inability to use the Rust Logo as a selling point for Software as a Service (SaaS) products. For instance, if I were to develop a project using the FAST stack (Flutter, Actix, SeaORM, and Tokio Runtime) and make it publicly available, I would not be allowed to display the Rust Logo on the landing page.
- The policy dictates that the Rust Logo must be smaller than the hosting website's logo, which could result in a deviation from modern design principles. Consequently, if you have an educational platform with a dedicated section for Rust, the Rust Logo must be smaller than the logo displayed on the navigation bar.
- The policy prohibits the inclusion of the word "Rust" in package, repository, library, and crate names. While I understand the need to differentiate between official and unofficial packages, enforcing this rule through a trademark may not be the most effective approach. A tacit agreement within the community could potentially suffice.
- While I may not possess a strong artistic inclination, the restriction on modifying the logo beyond scaling, including colour changes, could potentially impede the creative freedom of other content creators.
In conclusion, while the Rust Trademark Policy aims to protect the Rust brand, it is essential to consider its impact on content creators, who play a vital role in promoting and expanding the Rust ecosystem. Balancing the needs of the Rust Foundation and the creator community is crucial for fostering a healthy and collaborative environment.
These were my reservations, what are yours?