[OSM-talk] Draft Trademark Policy

Stephan Knauss osm at stephans-server.de
Mon Sep 18 07:12:56 UTC 2017

Hello Simon,

On 08.09.2017 20:02, Simon Poole wrote:
> Further we've added a clarification to the FAQ wrt use of remixes in
> domain names and that use of the OpenStreetMap mark soley for
> attribution does not require a trademark notice.

Most of us are not that fluent with trademark law, nor I am.
Could you please give some hints why "osm" as part of domain names 
should conflict with our registered OpenStreetMap marks?

Like "fosm".

I tried to figure it out, but OSM does not seem to be a registered mark 
of the OpenStreetMap Foundation:

There are two marks of OSM registered:

One in class 9, which does not seem to apply for out context and one 
registered for class 8 and 35 which could with some fantasy conflict.

Again: I fully understand why OpenThingMap or OpenStreetSomething is 
bad. Or why the domain I had a wile ago for training stuff, 
"openstreetmap.academy" is problematic.

But why is OSM as the abbreviation considered to be a problem?
If we would want to protect it, shouldn't we register a trademark for it?

We in this context is the OSMF.


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