[OSM-talk] Recent edits in the wiki / Trademark issue

Jochen Topf jochen at remote.org
Fri Feb 1 15:48:39 GMT 2013

Well, geocoding and search are different things.

I don't think use of the English language is "merely incidental" to what we are
doing here. Can you explain why we suddenly can't use words from the English
language any more?

And no, I don't think this is something for private emails.


On Fri, Feb 01, 2013 at 04:22:24PM +0100, Simon Poole wrote:
> Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 16:22:24 +0100
> From: Simon Poole <simon at osmfoundation.org>
> To: openstreetmap <talk at openstreetmap.org>
> Subject: [OSM-talk] Recent edits in the wiki / Trademark issue
> Dear OSM Contributors
> As you may have noticed we have removed all links displaying the Google
> geocoding service from the wiki. These changes are a consequence of a
> legal issue with respect to the trademark GEOCODE owned by Geocode, Inc.
> of Alexandria, Virginia, USA. There are likely to be further related
> edits and changes both on the wiki and the help site. Please do not add
> such removed links back or undo any such edits. If you find use of the
> term "geocode" on our wiki or help site please replace it with a generic
> term (for example "search"), or report it to my e-mail address.
> Both the use of the term "geocode" and the use of the Google API are
> merely incidental to us. Doing without them does not in any way impact
> the core goals or operation of OSM.
> Please address any questions on the matter to me by e-mail and not to
> the list.
> Thank you
> Simon

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