[Foundation-l] Buy Wikipedia?

Milos Rancic millosh at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 23:51:33 UTC 2007

And, BTW and AFAIK, trademark expires if the owner has no objections
on trademark usage (at least, I heard something like that about the
Linux trademark which is owned by Linus Torvalds).

On 8/31/07, Milos Rancic <millosh at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 8/31/07, Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I think "Buy XYZ" is more a suggested search query than an advert.
> > Google picks a keyword from the page you're viewing, and then suggests
> > you might want to search for places to buy it. It's pretty rubbish and
> > annoying, but I don't think it's anything to worry about - it's just
> > nonsense, really. Can nonsense be a trademark violation?
> The problem is that it is a nonsense if you read it literary. However,
> it is *not* a nonsense if you are reading this in the sense of buying
> Wikipedia content (which is a common sense of, for example, "buy
> Wikipedia"; cf. "buy Linux"). At least, Google should exclude
> Wikipedia from its common commercial add ons: "buy Wikipedia", "trade
> Wikipedia" and similar. Anyone who wants to make money on
> Wikipedia(tm) should pay for (tm) at least in USA.

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