[OSM-talk] Draft Trademark Policy

Yves yvecai at gmail.com
Sat Aug 5 10:04:31 UTC 2017


" How you formulate a policy that permits osmosis and osmium but not OsmAnd,
though, I have no idea" 


How you formulate a policy that deals with the name of established projects, I have no idea. But should you? Maybe a far softer grandfathering rule would be easier. 
Yves 


Le 5 août 2017 11:37:07 GMT+02:00, Richard Fairhurst <richard at systemed.net> a écrit :
>Roland Olbricht wrote:
>> This makes clear that neither the file name extension "osm" is 
>> jeoparday. Or you do not want to discourage people from using 
>> "osmium", "osmosis" or a range of other software.
>
>I see your point there, but conversely I am really uncomfortable with
>the
>OsmAnd situation.
>
>It's evident (from IRC, help.osm.org, other non-OSM forums etc.) that a
>lot
>of people assume OsmAnd is the official OpenStreetMap Android app. This
>is
>already a problem in terms of support burden. It could potentially
>become a
>problem for others building apps on OSM data (if users say "oh, no, I'd
>rather use the official app") or by effectively encouraging mapping for
>this
>official-sounding renderer. In brief, I don't believe we should have
>permitted OsmAnd to use that name, though by now the ship has almost
>certainly sailed.
>
>How you formulate a policy that permits osmosis and osmium but not
>OsmAnd,
>though, I have no idea.
>
>Richard
>
>
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