Daniel R. Tobias wrote:
Some anon-IP user on [[Talk:OmniCode]] has been
rattling sabers about
threatening to sue people for failing to acknowledge a company named
Omnicode, which apparently has a registered trademark on that name
which is being allegedly infringed by the geek-coding system called
OmniCode which is featured in the Wikipedia article of that name.
It's certainly possible that the creator of that coding system is
committing a trademark violation by using the name, but would
Wikipedia or its editors have any liability for writing an article
about it? It would seem that a noncommercial, encyclopedic use of
the name in the course of discussing something that the name has been
used for (legally or illegally) wouldn't itself be actionable, but
I'm not a lawyer.
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Any gripes that they have over the trademark can be taken elsewhere,
before they are indefinately blocked for making legal threats.
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