[OSM-legal-talk] 23rd Dec board meeting

MJ Ray mjr at phonecoop.coop
Tue Jan 27 00:07:46 GMT 2009


Rob Myers <rob at robmyers.org> wrote:
> MJ Ray wrote:
> > As I understand it, once the trademark registration is confirmed (no
> > matter who to), unauthorised commercial use of the mark becomes a
> > criminal act punishable by unlimited fines and up to 10 years prison.
> > Has a written license been granted, or are you expecting people not to
> > call it OSM any more?
>
> Has anyone been contacted by OSMF's lawyers regarding trademark use?

Doesn't being a criminal act mean that the state can investigate (and
prosecute) without waiting for OSMF's lawyers to act?

[...]
> But guidelines on trademark use would be good. In particular, the OSM
> trademark should serve the traditional purpose for trademarks of
> protecting consumers from inferior knock-offs.
> e.g - http://www.debian.org/trademark

Yes and I feel the OpenJDK Trademark Notice would be a more complete
example.

Hope that helps,
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