We received at the Open ClipArt Library yet another request to remove the "famous" Ampelfrau and Ampelmaennchen images, this time citing trademark infringement. The message appear to come from their creator, email@example.com, is quite strong and sound like this:
Dear Mr. Gates,
on your website "openclipart.org" you offer two cliparts
called "Ampelmaennchen" and "Ampelfrau" as a
license-free download. We are the owners of the
registered trademarks "Ampelmännchen" and
"Ampelfrau". So we challenge you to remove the two
symbols from your page within the next two weeks.
Note: Matthew Gates has made the images in SVG format and submitted them.
My belief is that is stupid to protect with trademark and restrict usage of road traffic signs created with public money. Info on Wikipedia here and here.
I see there is a movement on OCAL to remove them, so I saved a copy:
Now good luck in removing them from all the mirrors, version control systems, packages, applications, distributions etc.
PS: I wonder if "Ampelfrau" and "Ampelmaennchen" would be ever registered as trademarks in my non-german speaking country.