[OSM-talk] WhatOSM, a guide for contribution tools

Ian Dees ian.dees at gmail.com
Thu Sep 21 18:25:49 UTC 2017


The trademark policy in question was just a draft and we haven't heard
anything about it moving beyond draft since.

On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 1:14 PM, PanierAvide <panieravide at riseup.net> wrote:

> Thanks for pointing this out. I'm clearly not an expert of legal issues,
> so the following may probably not make sense.
>
> <developer nonsense>
> The goal of this tool is to help new contributors, and making them more
> easily start contributing to OSM. If we give it an obscure name, not
> referring to OSM, then where is the link between this tool and OSM ? I
> understand legal issues, but I hope that we don't loose of sight that we
> are a community project, and we need some form of cohesion. Our tools don't
> share so much except that they edit OSM data or help people doing so.
> According to this policy, JOSM should have been named instead "Java Editor
> for you-know-which-map-I'm-talking-about" ? Doesn't make sense to me.
>
> However, if there is a way to keep the name and sign some sort of
> contract, implying that I will not misuse the name or so, no problem, that
> would be fair. But let's keep the fun in creating tools for OSM, and not
> being able to name it using OSM is clearly boring plus misleading for users.
> </developer nonsense>
>
> Thanks for reading this nonsense, I'm totally open to find a way to solve
> this potential naming issue, if someone can give me some hints about it, it
> would be great.
>
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