[Osmf-talk] Trademark Policy

Mikel Maron mikel_maron at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 20 14:03:48 UTC 2012


What are thoughts on making some use of trademarks a privilege of being an OSM local chapter?
 
* Mikel Maron * +14152835207 @mikel s:mikelmaron


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> From: Frederik Ramm <frederik at remote.org>
>To: "osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org" <osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org> 
>Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:41 AM
>Subject: [Osmf-talk] Trademark Policy
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>All,
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>   one thing that the OSMF is likely to decide on in the coming year is a policy that governs the use of our trademarks.[*]
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>A typical trademark policy looks like this:
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>"Use of our name/logo/... is permitted for the following cases: ... In all other cases you require explicit permission from us."
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>and this will often be accompanied by an informal/unwritten custom about when and under what conditions such an "explicit permission" will usually be granted.
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>In a crowdsourced project like ours we have tons of individuals using our name all the time, and in most cases we *want* (or even require) them to use it. There have been a few isolated cases in the past where we (politely) asked someone to rename his iPhone App because it sounded too "official", or where asked someone to let us have a named page they had created in the social media space, but neither the positive nor the negative cases are nailed down in any kind of policy.
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>I would like to invite the readers of this list to discuss what uses of our trademarks we should generally allow/encourage, and for what uses we should require people to get explicit permission from us.
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>The OSGeo foundation, which is in a loosely comparable situation to us, has the following trademark guidelines (and theirs is, in turn, a shortened and modified version of the Mozilla Foundation's policy):
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>http://www.osgeo.org/content/foundation/legal/trademark_guidelines.html
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>Do you think something similar would work for us? Are there bits in there where OSM should be stricter, or more liberal, about trademark use than OSGeo?
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>Bye
>Frederik
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>[*] Trademarks, here, means trademarks we already have or aspire to have - basically, our name and logo.
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>-- Frederik Ramm  ##  eMail frederik at remote.org  ##  N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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