Is "Discourse" trademarked?

(Erik Paulsen Skålerud) #1

I’ve seen sites pop up with different kind of names, like Are we free to use the Discourse name in domain names etc. What do the authors feel about this?

(Jeff Atwood) #2

Discourse is a dictionary word and a common concept. It should no more be trademarked as a standalone word than the word “forum” itself.

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(Erlend Sogge Heggen) #3

But it could still be an exclusive trademark for “forum software etc.” same way Apple is a trademark for “computers, computer software, computer peripherals, etc.”.

I always thought the WordPress trademark policy was very sensible. Basically they just want to prevent people from creating official-sounding names that would end up confusing users. I think the same would be a reasonable course of action for Discourse. If someone extended Discourse with some social plugins and created (seems a squatter already got to it), a lot of users, myself included, would be wondering whether that site was official or not.

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(Erik Paulsen Skålerud) #4

Yeah, you pretty much pinpointed what I was really trying to say. Like if I wanted to start a “Discourse Motors” site, with a similar kind of domain name…