[Foundation-l] Wikipedia trade mark misuse

Thomas Dalton thomas.dalton at gmail.com
Sun Jun 13 21:36:26 UTC 2010

On 13 June 2010 22:28, Platonides <Platonides at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thomas Dalton wrote:
>> On 13 June 2010 19:04, Tim Landscheidt <tim at tim-landscheidt.de> wrote:
>>> Thomas Dalton <thomas.dalton at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 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.
> I could create a pet shop called "The paraise of the dog" which was
> focused on cats, and just on cats.
> It would be silly and people would say so by the street while mocking on
> me*. But illegal? No.

"Dog" isn't strongly associated in the public psyche with a particular
brand. "Wiki" is. Like I say, these are complicated issues of legal
interpretation and really should be left to the lawyers.

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