[Osmf-talk] 2020/Res29 Grant Cesium permission to use our trademark in their product “Cesium OSM Buildings“

Christopher Beddow christopher.beddow at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 06:29:30 UTC 2020

I also want to point out that Cesium seems to be using it actively today
already: https://twitter.com/CesiumJS/status/1270219479218184193?s=19

On Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 08:17 Christopher Beddow <christopher.beddow at gmail.com>

> I agree with Michael Reichert: there is a net negative effect on granting
> permission to use the same "OSM Buildings" name which serves to create
> confusion. In the future when this term is mentioned people will need to
> clarify if speaking about Jan's project or Cesium's product.
> I believe Cesium should be encouraged to use a different name in order to
> reduce confusion but otherwise appears to be a good intention.
> I would say the same if any commercial OSM related product adopted a name
> like Go Map (similar to mobile app GoMap!!), or if someone created Cha OSM
> (similar to OSMCha). This to me is not about licensing but about a
> pragmatic way to keep things clear, by politely asking Cesium to take steps
> to do so. This can effect things like search engine optimization which
> caused Jan's project to be overwhelmed by searched for a well advertised
> commercial product, even if properly licensed, and would be unfortunate for
> people seeking what he offers.
> On the other hand, it is difficult to think of a good alternative name
> because Jan's is so generic.
> Chris Beddow
> On Tue, Jun 9, 2020, 00:58 Kathleen Lu via osmf-talk <
> osmf-talk at openstreetmap.org> wrote:
>> It is true that Jan does not have a license for "OSM Buildings" either
>>> but granting licenses should not support name grabbing and hostile
>>> takeovers of established names.
>> This doesn't seem accurate. You describe "OSM Buildings" as "an open
>> source project". Assuming that description is correct, then OSM Buildings
>> does have a license, under Section of the OSMF Trademark Policy: 3.3.6.
>> Use in software projects
>> Use of the OSM marks to name software components, packages, minor tools,
>> repositories and similar that process or work specifically with
>> OpenStreetMap data is permissible as long as the use follows the rest of
>> this policy.
>> https://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Trademark_Policy#3.3.6._Use_in_software_projects
>> If, on the other hand, "OSM Buildings" is a product or business name,
>> then Jan should have requested a license when the Trademark Policy went
>> into effect (though nothing is stopping him from making the request now).
>> -Kathleen
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