Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Policy Statement on the Official FIUV Logo and the Name Una Voce name of the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce and its very distinctive logo has been immediately recognisable since its earliest days. Since the year 2,000 and particularly since the promulgation of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum in 2007, there has been a steady increase in groups being formed and many are using the name Una Voce in their title. A number of these groups have applied for membership of the FIUV and been accepted. But there are others who have taken the name of Una Voce and have not applied, but appear to be claiming a link to the FIUV on their websites. 

 This has become a major cause for concern because they are operating outside the accepted standards of the FIUV yet are being widely regarded as members. In some instances this is affecting the good name of the FIUV.

At its XXth General Assembly, 5th November 2011, Rome, the Federation delegates approved a motion unanimously to protect the FIUV logo and name.

The problem is two-fold:
  1. the official FIUV logo, and
  2. the name Una Voce.

The FIUV logo is an artistic work within the meaning of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works. It is an international agreement governing copyright, which was first accepted in Bern, Switzerland in 1886. It is quite clear that the FIUV logo must be classed as an artistic work, commissioned by our founder president Dr Eric de Saventhem, and designed, as it was, by Albert Decaris, the most famous French engraver of the 20th century. It is, therefore, the intellectual property right of the FIUV which has exclusive rights and no one can use it without the express permission of the FIUV.

Statement 1:
(i) The Logo of the Federation shall be the roundel designed by Albert Decaris (1901-1988) with a border in gold containing "Foderatio Internationalis" in black lettering over, and "MCMLXV" in black lettering under, a central black inescutcheon upon which the gold letters "Una Voce" are scattered en sourtout.  The Logo of the Federation shall not be altered, defaced, or used in pretence, nor shall its tincture be modified for any purpose whatsoever.

(ii) The logo of the Federation may be displayed and used by all Members of the Federation upon their official correspondence, publications, and possessions and, with the express permission of the President of the Federation in each case, by all groups having a democratic participation in Members of the Federation.

2. The Name 'Una Voce'.

The name 'Una Voce' was first chosen by Una Voce France in 1965 and it was subsequently adopted by the first six national groups which formed the Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce. The name Una Voce preceded the logo, but both are now inextricably linked as our worldwide identity. It is an identity we must do all in our power to safeguard. 

Statement 2:
The name Una Voce, when used in conjunction with the aims and objectives of the International Federation Una Voce, may not be used or displayed on written, published, or electronic material, by any group which is not democratically associated with the Federation, and where its use may lead to misrepresentation in that the general public is misled into thinking the activity is associated with the International Federation Una Voce

Every effort is made by FIUV to ensure the integrity of its logo and identity in a way that encourages groups that support our aims and groups that aspire to Membership.  However, there are instances where, despite best efforts, groups using the logo and identity of the FIUV refuse to co-operate with the Federation in maintaining that integrity.  In such instances, the FIUV reluctantly has to state publicly that those groups have no connection with the FIUV and use its logo and identity without the consent of the Federation.

If you are aware of a group using the logo or identity of the FIUV inappropriately, or if you are unsure of the status of a group using the logo or the identity of the FIUV, you can assist the Federation by letting us know at:

Leo Darroch,
President - Foederatio Internationalis Una Voce.
2nd October 2012

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