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Friday, February 20 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Hacking Trademarks For Free Culture - Stephen LaPorte, Wikimedia Foundation & Yana Welinder, Wikimedia Foundation

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Collaborative communities create popular work with widely recognized brands, such as Linux, Wikipedia, and Firefox. Trademark law can provide protections to members of these communities and the users of their products so that they can rely on the brands to identify the original projects. But trademark law also requires centralized quality control and various formalities that are inconsistent with the decentralized nature of collaborative communities. This talk explores how to reconcile trademark law with free culture values and how collaborative communities have “hacked” trademark law. We will also discuss CollabMark, a project to make trademarks more accessible for free culture and open source communities.

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Stephen LaPorte

Legal Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation
I'm an open source and data visualization enthusiast.
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Yana Welinder

Senior Legal Counsel, Wikimedia Foundation
Yana Welinder is a Senior Legal Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation, where she manages the trademark portfolio, copyright strategy, and public policy, as well as the legal and policy work for mobile partnerships. She also researches and writes about technology law as a Non-Residential... Read More →

Friday February 20, 2015 9:00am - 9:50am PST
Sonoma Mountain

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