The Moodle Trademark
The brand and word "Moodle" has trade mark protection in many countries around the world. Various Moodle™ trade marks are owned by either Moodle Pty Ltd or one of its associated entities. The law obligates trade mark owners to police their trade marks and prevent the use of confusingly similar names by third parties.
We have created a more concise and thorough set of Trademark Guidelines to help you understand how to comply with Moodle's trade mark requirements. The Trademark Guidelines will also assist our Moodle Certified Partners and the community to understand some of the principles that inform Moodle's stance whenever potential infringement has been detected by us or our community.
We need to be clear about use of the word "Moodle" and how we restrict its use when promoting commercial Moodle™ branded services. The proper use of trade marks reliably assures consumers about the quality of the associated products or services and where they have been derived from. Because the Moodle LMS is made available under the open source 'GNU General Public License' that permits you to modify the copyrighted software, the distribution of such modified software in combination with Moodle trade marks can potentially mislead others in the community. To be clear, the GNU GPL does not include an implied right or licence to use Moodle's trade marks.
We do all this to protect the very business model that allows us to continue developing various Moodle software solutions for you.
Allowed uses of "Moodle"
The following uses don't require any permission at all:
- Referring to the software or the Moodle project as the "Moodle™ software" or the "Moodle™ project"
- Describing your own implementation of the Moodle™ software platform (including within corporate settings).
- Describing a Moodle-based community hub.
- Describing certain software you've made that integrates with Moodle™ branded software (e.g. a Moodle™ integration feature on another system).
Restricted uses of "Moodle"
The following uses are generally prohibited without explicit and direct permission being granted to you by Moodle Pty Ltd. We do this to protect the Moodle™ project from software and sites which could confuse people. If in doubt, reach out for clarification at email@example.com
- You can't use the word "Moodle" or any Moodle logos for commercial purposes without prior written permission from Moodle HQ.
- You can't use "Moodle" in the name of your software (including Mobile apps).
- You can't use "Moodle" in your company name.
- You can't use "Moodle" in your domain name.
- You can't use "Moodle" in advertising-related keywords (such as Adsense).
- You can't use "Moodle" to describe services around Moodle (such as hosting, training, support, consulting, course creation services, theme development, customisation, installation, integration, analytics and certification) that cause consumers to be confused that you are associated with Moodle HQ if you are not. This applies even if you do not charge for the services. Note that usually only Moodle Partners have this permission.
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The overall Moodle software package is Copyright © 1999 onwards, Martin Dougiamas with portions contributed/copyrighted by many others (see the Developer credits and the source code itself) and all of it is provided under the terms of the GPL. This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License (for Moodle 1.x), version 3 of the License (for Moodle 2.x) or (at your option) any later version.
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Program, unless a warranty or assumption of liability accompanies a
copy of the Program in return for a fee.
END OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
How to Apply These Terms to Your New Programs
If you develop a new program, and you want it to be of the greatest
possible use to the public, the best way to achieve this is to make it
free software which everyone can redistribute and change under these terms.
To do so, attach the following notices to the program. It is safest
to attach them to the start of each source file to most effectively
state the exclusion of warranty; and each file should have at least
the "copyright" line and a pointer to where the full notice is found.
<one line to give the program's name and a brief idea of what it does.>
Copyright (C) <year> <name of author>
This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
(at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the
GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.
Also add information on how to contact you by electronic and paper mail.
If the program does terminal interaction, make it output a short
notice like this when it starts in an interactive mode:
<program> Copyright (C) <year> <name of author>
This program comes with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY; for details type `show w'.
This is free software, and you are welcome to redistribute it
under certain conditions; type `show c' for details.
The hypothetical commands `show w' and `show c' should show the appropriate
parts of the General Public License. Of course, your program's commands
might be different; for a GUI interface, you would use an "about box".
You should also get your employer (if you work as a programmer) or school,
if any, to sign a "copyright disclaimer" for the program, if necessary.
For more information on this, and how to apply and follow the GNU GPL, see
The GNU General Public License does not permit incorporating your program
into proprietary programs. If your program is a subroutine library, you
may consider it more useful to permit linking proprietary applications with
the library. If this is what you want to do, use the GNU Lesser General
Public License instead of this License. But first, please read