[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] WMF Legal Blog Post: "WMF trademark practices for QR codes and wikitowns"

cyrano cyrano.fawkes at gmail.com
Sat Mar 9 01:58:36 UTC 2013

I'm sorry Liam Wyatt, but I see you're talking about the WMF in this 
mail list... did you ask their permission for that? ^ ^
Please cease and desist. You can still talk about birds, though. Birds 
are nice.

(please don't throw stones at the joker)

Le 08/03/2013 22:46, Liam Wyatt a écrit :
> Thanks for posting a definitive answer on this topic - it is good to get
> clear instructions about this longstanding question, even if I don't
> personally agree with the outcome.
> However, I would like to take issue with part of this blogpost:
> "will continue to allow
> nominative<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominative_use>,
> non-stylized use of the “Wikipedia” word mark"
> My instinctive reaction to reading this was to write something sarcastic,
> but I respect Geoff to much for that. So, I'll say it directly: Please do
> not say, either overtly or by implication, that the WMF gives its
> permission for the community to use the word "Wikipedia". Nobody needs to
> ask permission to write the name of an organisation or website so please
> don't say that you've been so kind as to give us permission to do so. The
> WMF does not "allow" us to use the word Wikipedia (or refuse it) anymore
> than Coca Cola "allows" or "refuses" me the right to use the word "coke" -
> especially when making truthful statements like "scanning this QRcode will
> take you to Wikipedia".
> -Liam
> On Saturday, 9 March 2013, Rubina Kwon wrote:
>> This morning, the WMF legal team posted a blog concerning trademark
>> licensing practices going forward in the context of QR code projects and
>> Wikitowns. Please go
>> here<
>> http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/03/08/wmf-trademark-practices-for-qr-codes-and-wikitowns/
>>> in
>> order to view the post.
>> --
>> Rubina Kwon
>> Attorney
>> Wikimedia Foundation
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