[Wikimedia-l] It's time to reclaim the community logo

James Alexander jalexander at wikimedia.org
Wed Oct 9 06:13:39 UTC 2013

The legal team have provided some background on the hiring on Jones Day in
this action. Here is their comment:

James Alexander
Legal and Community Advocacy
Wikimedia Foundation
(415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur

On Tue, Oct 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM, <tomasz at twkozlowski.net> wrote:

> Federico Leva (Nemo) wrote on September 26, 2013, 15:22 UTC:
>  Trademark don't self-enforce, they are "enforceable" as long as someone
>> believes to you when you use them as threat tools. So yes, I suppose they
>> might.
> ... and given that the WMF just hired the infamous Jones Day bullies as
> their representative before the OHIM to fight an opposition filled by their
> own volunteers (me and Federico), I don't think it's an unfair view.
> I suggest that everyone interested in the subject read <
> http://www.dmlp.org/blog/**2009/sam-bayard/thoughts-**
> jones-day-blockshopper-**settlement<http://www.dmlp.org/blog/2009/sam-bayard/thoughts-jones-day-blockshopper-settlement>>
> and related links for an overview of a 2009 Jones Day lawsuit against a
> start-up company Blockshopper.com which Paul Levy called "a new a new entry
> in the contest for grossest abuse of trademark law to suppress speech the
> plaintiff doesn’t like".
> I'm aware that, being a party of the opposition, I shouldn't really
> comment on the WMF's litigation tactics, but it still leaves me wonder
> about the point of hiring, as some say, "one of the worst trademark abusers
> in history", as their representative in this case.
>           Tomasz
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