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Old Jul 19, 2009, 01:08 PM   #1
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Power-on Icon ( ' ) Free of rights?

Hello!

I was wondering if the power switch icon - that is used on most every computer and piece of electronics these days - is free of rights? Meaning, can someone use it for a business logo, for example?

In the specific case I am thinking about, the symbol would be modified a bit but would still retain the familiar imagery. Could the business face trouble for this?

See here for a picture of the power switch icon:

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Old Jul 19, 2009, 05:00 PM   #2
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I really doubt you need permission to use such a universal symbol. I looked
around and found these links. the quote is from the link that follows it.

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"The design of the Power icon doesn’t communicate “power” on its own. Its origin is a mystery, the subject of many questions and few concrete answers. Nevertheless, through repeated use on many devices, the Power icon is a success."

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Old Jul 19, 2009, 05:22 PM   #3
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I highly doubt it. If something like that does exist you just draw one up that you changed a little bit in PS.
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Old Jul 19, 2009, 05:24 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick replies!

Macrumors enjoys such a helpful community!

Both your answers confirm what I was thinking but a little reassurance is always welcomed.
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Old Jul 20, 2009, 12:31 AM   #5
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I always thought it was a combination of | and O for on and off of vacuum tubes old computers or something.
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I always thought it was a combination of | and O for on and off of vacuum tubes old computers or something.
I thought that too, actually.
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Old Jul 20, 2009, 03:21 AM   #7
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I've thought of the "O" being a complete circuit (wire), and the "|" being something to break it?
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Old Jul 20, 2009, 11:59 AM   #8
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I'm not sure but I think the origin is in binary "1 and 0" for "on and off" respectively. Then with common use of momentary push button switches this has evolved into the 1 inside the 0 to create the familiar symbol we see on everything today.
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Old Jul 20, 2009, 12:23 PM   #9
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Iso/iec 5009

The symbol is from ISO/IEC 5009. Quote from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_symbol
"IEC 5009, the standby symbol (line partially within a broken circle), indicates a sleep mode or low power state. The switch does not fully disconnect the device from its power supply. This may appear on a toggle switch opposite a power on symbol, alone on a pushbutton that places the device into a standby state, or alone on a button that switches between on and standby.

Alternatively, under IEEE 1621, this symbol simply means "power".[2]"
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Old Jul 21, 2009, 03:52 PM   #10
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I am sure many sites already have the same idea. Such as AppleGeeks comic.

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The symbol is from ISO/IEC 5009. Quote from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_symbol

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Cool info. Thanks.
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