[OSM-talk] Draft Trademark Policy

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Fri Aug 4 11:41:09 UTC 2017

Am 04.08.2017 um 13:22 schrieb Frederik Ramm:
> remely unwieldy product names that just cause trouble" :-)).
> I've always thought that using this name would the honest approach,
> rather than selling a product called "Geofabrik's cool Geodata"
> something or other, where the fact that it's 100% processed OSM is
> somewhere in the small print.
Well how small the small print is, is your choice :-).

If you create a borderline case, you can't really complain if there is
an extra hoop or two to jump through. So you probably would need
permission, which likely would be contingent on a) it remaining true
that this is 100% OSM data and b) adding a notice, similar to what
Christoph already mentioned, to your product description.  Naturally in
the case of GeoFabrik the problem is actually finding somebody without a
CoI that could decide on the matter.
>> A personal note: one of my pet peeves are the awful unimaginative,
>> uncreative and descriptive product and service names used in OSM-space,
> I don't see why I should call something that simply is an OSM WMS by a
> creative name that requires everyone to follow an extra indirection to
> understand what it is.

I don't really think some thing like:

*/GeoFabrik Awesone WMS Services/*/
//100% guaranteed wholesome OpenStreetMap(TM) data served hot from

Really counts as "an extra indirection"

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