[OSM-legal-talk] Trademark applications

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Tue Jan 20 22:32:12 GMT 2009


SteveC wrote:
> If you think I'm a total idiot, then yes, I would have tried to make  
> it criminal to use an un-granted trade mark [...]

I think MJ Ray's argument was that even *without* any action from the 
trade mark owner's part, use of the trademark by third parties without 
express permission might have run the danger of being a criminal act.

I.e. he was saying that nobody was needed to "make it criminal" - that 
the simple grant of a trademark would be sufficient to do that.

I can't believe he's right but I think that's what he said.

I refuse to discuss whether or not you are a total idiot but it seems to 
me that the trademark application wasn't exactly a PR stunt and it is 
probably in the best interest of everyone involved to forget about it 
and move on ASAP!


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