Under our impersonation policies, it is not possible for two alliances to exist in EVE Online with the same alliance logo.
Consequently, if the original creator of an alliance logo wishes for a new alliance to use the logo, then the result is that it is removed from the old alliance to avoid confusion.
This is what happened in this instance.
While CCP owns the derivative logo, the original creator of the logo still dictates which alliance is permitted to use their work. Our impersonation policies then decide which alliance has the logo displayed within the game client based on valid alliance logo submissions.
There is precedent for this in previous years with several other alliances, most notably when an alliance was disbanded in a leadership dispute and was immediately reformed under a new and very similar name. The new alliance assumed use of their logo, and when the old executor of the original alliance came back to EVE and reformed it, their alliance logo was stripped and they submitted a new logo that’s in use today.
There is also precedent for alliances receiving logos before the six-month age restriction if they can prove that they have existed previously. This kind of logo replacement has been granted on at least a dozen other occasions.
Similarly, alliances that have accidentally been disbanded due to failure to pay bills have sometimes been re-established by CCP and had corporations re-inserted, or have been permitted to have an alliance logo transfer if they have been re-formed.
In all cases, there have been previous instances where these actions have been taken with other alliances.
With this in mind, we consider this issue complete and closed, and see no reason to discuss the matter further.