[Foundation-l] Question regarding trademarks

Casey Brown cbrown1023 at comcast.net
Sat May 12 11:32:45 UTC 2007

I agree with Daniel here.  The trademark holder has the specific right to
control the usage and to stop any unauthorized usage at anytime with the
threat of legal proceedings.  It really is not a good idea for such owners
to allow even the smallest things because they can give both negative (and
positive) PR to the owner.

This really isn't allowed. :)

Casey Brown

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:foundation-l-bounces at lists.wikimedia.org] On Behalf Of Lee Daniel
Sent: Saturday, May 12, 2007 2:00 AM
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Subject: Re: [Foundation-l] Question regarding trademarks

Todd Allen wrote:
>>> Recently ran across a site, http://assignmine.com/, that's using a
>>> banner ad describing itself as "Wikipedia for assignments.
>> It sounds like they're comparing themselves to Wikipedia rather than
>> calling themselves Wikipedia, so it's not too bad. I'm not an expert
>> on trademark law, though, so I don't know if it's allowed.
Definitely a no-no. Try advertising your business as "The Cadillac of 
Widgets", and you can expect lawyers from General Motors to send you 
nastygrams talking about dilution of their trademark's value.  Of 
course, we're certainly free to give explicit permission for such uses 
to those we feel worthy.

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