[OSM-talk] Draft Trademark Policy

Simon Poole simon at poole.ch
Wed Aug 9 09:25:04 UTC 2017

Am 06.08.2017 um 23:21 schrieb moltonel at gmail.com:
> If I'm reading the various opinions correctly, one seed for disagreement is how much of a deterrent the requirement to ask for permission to use the trademark actually is. Some see it as too high and want to make it unecessary in more case, while some see it as low enough and are happy to use it in any case that endangers the trademark.
I believe the only common case where we are requiring permission are the
domain names, which is as has been pointed out not that common as is.

> Perhaps a middle ground can be reached by adding a FAQ with clear descriptions of the usecases where permission is certain to be granted ? Keeping the protection in place but making it less of a deterrant.
I believe we already do that in the FAQ.

> FWIW, I like the OpenThingMap and other osm wordplays naming theme. It adds to the sense of cheerful community, with all those projects obviously being related to OSM. This lighthearted naming should IMHO be cherrished and enabled, but it also needs to be supervised so that it doesn't dilute the trademark.
> I hope that the draft can be made more enabling while remaining just as protective.
Believe me, it was always clear that the domain names would be the most
discussed point (essentially nobody has commented on anything else up to
now to prove that point), and if we could have done this differently we
would have. Nobody denies that the word play can be fun, but you point
out the issues yourself, it extends beyond the community and it doesn't
jibe with trademark law in the real world.


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