[Foundation-l] Wikipedia trade mark misuse

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Sun Jun 13 18:52:14 UTC 2010

On 13 June 2010 19:04, Tim Landscheidt <tim at tim-landscheidt.de> wrote:
> Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> You are aware of [[en:Wiki]] for a history of wikis and
>>>> WMF's part in it?
>>> In other words, the use of "wiki" predates wikipedia (wikipedia gets
>>> its name since it was a encyclopedia using the wiki system)
>> I think everyone in this conversation is aware of that. Jiri said they
>> were calling it "Wiki" despite it not actually being a wiki, which
>> strongly suggests they are trying to associate it with Wikipedia
>> (which is very commonly abbreviated to "Wiki" despite our attempts to
>> discourage it). Whether it goes far enough to be a violation is for
>> the lawyers to work out - I'm not going to guess (I think it is Czech
>> law that is relevant, and I don't know anything about it - there is a
>> lot of consistency between trademark law in EU member states, but I'm
>> not sure of the details).
> But that's most likely not a trademark issue. There are doz-
> ens of cola brands on the market and few feature extracts of
> the kola nut, but that doesn't mean that it is Coca-Cola's
> right or duty to take legal action on a trademark basis.

The various cola brands are brands of cola, though. This site isn't a
wiki. I have no idea whether this is a trademark violation under Czech
law or not, and I don't believe that you do either. Let's leave it to
the lawyers to work out.

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