[Owasp-leaders] Question about owasp logos

Tom Brennan - OWASP tomb at owasp.org
Mon Nov 8 16:11:33 EST 2010

We also have outlined some of the brand items here:


On Mon, Nov 8, 2010 at 9:33 AM, dinis cruz <dinis.cruz at owasp.org> wrote:

> I just took a look at this and at first sight they are doing a lot of
> things right (remember that our objective is to have OWASP materials and
> brand as widely used as possible)
> #1) They are not calling it an 'OWASP Web Application Security' course
> (which usually implies that it is an OWASP Activity)
> #3) When OWASP in mentioned on the course description it says '...based on
> OWASP.." (which again is the right way to place it)
> #3) The branding is clearly not OWASP and it should be obvious to
> the attendees that this is not an OWASP-run event.
> Now, the problem with #3 (Branding of the course) is that they also use
> OWASP Logo (and name) in the banner. This is a fuzzy area and as long as the
> impression is not given that this is an OWASP-driven and organized event, we
> should actually be encouraging this type of activity (instead of 'hitting
> them hard').
> The only two things I can think of to ask them is
> 1) to use a logo that has the text 'based on' inside it (as in : "...based
> on OWASP materials...") and to include a link to OWASP's website were we
> make it very explicit that we/OWASP :
>  - supports the use of OWASP materials by training companies
>  - but are DO NOT responsible for the course content or delivery
>  - and DO NOT endorse or recommend it.
> The question/issue that I think we should focus on is how to find a way to
> link from OWASP's website to this course (so that it encourages more like
> this). The
> http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Related_Commercial_Services is still
> in early days, but that would be the place to do it.
> Note that what we CAN'T put on OWASP's website is:
>    - Marketing text provided by commercial companies about what they do
>    - Directly link to external commercial services not organized by OWASP
>    - Advertize commercial activities at OWASP's Chapter/Conferences events
>    or pages (unless managed and controlled by the Conference Organization team
>    or by the OWASP Related Commercial Services<http://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Related_Commercial_Services>project)
> Note that the Chapter's Committee is currently inactive, so chapter leaders
> please take a moment to look at your chapter and make sure that there is a
> very big and explicit separation between OWASP Activities and the inevitable
> commercial interests that exist in your chapter (for more details see the OWASP
> Chapter Handbook<http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:Chapter_Handbook>
> ).
> Recapping, we need to find more ways to encourage the use of OWASP
> materials, and what is really needed are a number of 'use-case' in our WIKI
> that help individuals/companies to understand the rules-of-the-game and the
> best way to leverage the amazing materials that our leaders create.
> Dinis Cruz
> Dinis Cruz
> Blog: http://diniscruz.blogspot.com
> Twitter: http://twitter.com/DinisCruz
> Web: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/O2
> On 8 November 2010 08:57, John Vargas <johnvargas at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Leaders!
>> I have a question .. I just learned that a company is conducting a
>> workshop to explain the OWASP TOP10 and web application security, which will
>> cost $ 60 and is using the logos of "OWASP" on the flyers and website.
>> I'm sure this is not allowed by the license type OWASP trademark, but I
>> want to confirm it.
>> Here is the link of the flyer
>> http://www.laboratoriovirus.com/owaspnoviembre2010.html
>> Regards,
>> --
>> ---------------------------------------------------------------
>> John Vargas P.  - LRU # 357244
>> IT Security Consultant - OWASP Perú Chapter Leader
>> Visita: http://www.owasp.org/index.php/Peru
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