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Re: [NEW ISSUE] 4103 Questionable use of Contoso Ltd in Primer

From: Fabian Ritzmann <Fabian.Ritzmann@Sun.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 20:05:11 +0200
To: Christopher B Ferris <chrisfer@us.ibm.com>
Cc: public-ws-policy@w3.org
Message-id: <458ACCD7.2050002@Sun.COM>

While example.com is a reserved domain name, isn't there still a chance 
that somebody registers a company Example.com and sues W3C for trademark 
infringement [1]?

Contoso is a company name registered by Microsoft:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictitious_company_names_used_by_Microsoft

Ideally, the W3C would register a company name for similar uses in all 
countries where they don't want to be sued for trademark or similar 
infringements...

Fabian


Christopher B Ferris wrote:
> http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=4103
>
> Title: Questionable use of fictitious corp. name "Contoso Ltd."
>
> Description: The Primer uses a fictitious corporation name, Contoso Ltd.,
> throughout the Primer in its running example. It isn't clear that use 
> of such a
> fictitious name, without w3c copyright/trademark ownership, is advisable.
> Should a company be incorporated with that name, then the Policy 1.5 
> primer
> would be in essence providing it with free advertising... Worse, the 
> company
> might sue the W3C for copyright/trademark infringement.
>
> Justification: see description
>
> Proposed Resolution: Change all occurances of "Contoso" and/or 
> "Contoso Ltd."
> to "Example.com" and change all "real.contoso.com" domain references to
> "example.com".
>
> Cheers,
>
> Christopher Ferris
> STSM, Software Group Standards Strategy
> email: chrisfer@us.ibm.com
> blog: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/blogs/page/chrisferris
> phone: +1 508 377 9295 


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