[tbb-bugs] #14122 [Tor Browser]: add environment variable to hide TBB's logo

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Wed Jan 7 13:25:02 UTC 2015

#14122: add environment variable to hide TBB's logo
     Reporter:  proper       |      Owner:  tbb-team
         Type:  defect       |     Status:  new
     Priority:  normal       |  Milestone:
    Component:  Tor Browser  |    Version:
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Comment (by proper):

 The main argument here is the usability one. The logo says "Tor Browser
 Bundle". But that's wrong and confusing when using tor-launcher in
 standalone mode.


 About the legal question... Good point...
 The background of my cautiousness:
 [https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Dev/TPO_Trademark here].

 I think as Andrew / TPO says `We don't want to be trademark bullies, but
 we will use trademark to protect the public's ability to recognize Tor
 Project software.`, it's really not about trademark bulling. The main
 practical reason is to shield the TPO support team from inquiries that are
 outside of their scope. I.e. reporting tor-launcher problems when it were
 running in Whonix-Gateway in standalone mode would be unsupported by TPO.
 Also to protect TPO's reputation so users do not interrelate potentially
 huge issues causes by third parties with TPO.

 It's not on a "you must not ship that file" level, fortunately.

 Also by providing a `TOR_HIDE_LOGO` environment variable, one could argue
 that it's an implicit permission to keep the file as long as users are
 clear. I mean, it would be in the spirit of the
 [https://www.torproject.org/docs/trademark-faq.html.en trademark page].


 Got any hints how this could be best implemented? Linostar might provide a

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/14122#comment:2>
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