[Foundation-l] Wikimedia/Wikipedia trademarks?

Nathan Awrich nawrich at gmail.com
Mon Dec 17 23:57:38 UTC 2007

Out of curiosity, how are trademarks derived from Wikimedia/Wikipedia
handled and licensed? Since the Foundation doesn't necessarily impose
content restrictions on other sites (except, perhaps, under legal
constraints?) does the trademark license to non-English chapters
include indemnification against liabilities based on content? Is the
OTRS system effective at policing, say, libel in languages other than
the most common European languages?

Has the Foundation been notified of any trademark infringement
issues/pursued action? Theoretically (in extremis, or a change in
opinion on the part of the majority of those responsible for electing
Board members) could the Foundation could impose additional
restrictions on chapter Wikipedias or revoke license to use the
Wikipedia name? I haven't seen any mention of this in the bylaws, so I
thought I'd ask and see if someone can clue me in.



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