[Owasp-board] On the OWASP Benchmark

Tobias tobias.gondrom at owasp.org
Thu Oct 22 08:31:05 UTC 2015

Adding Paul on "To" to confirm.

My understanding is that we do have a protected trademark, which we can 
(and need to) enforce if violated or used without our permission. 
Furthermore, my understanding is that this is the case here.

Best regards, Tobias

On 22/10/15 06:32, Josh Sokol wrote:
> For what it's worth, I received a similar sentiment in a conversation 
> from another one of our chapter leaders who I won't name at this point 
> because I'm not sure if he wants his name out there.  His concern was 
> that some of the discussion on the public lists could be misconstrued 
> as libel even if it's individuals and unintentional.  We need to tread 
> lightly here.
> ~josh
> On Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 7:35 AM, Jim Manico <jim.manico at owasp.org 
> <mailto:jim.manico at owasp.org>> wrote:
>     (Sent to me from Tony Turner, said it was ok to forward to the board)
>     "Do we have any legal footing for enforcement? Do you know if
>     OWASP has registered OWASP or any other trademarks? I'd be
>     concerned about any public statements that make claims of
>     wrongdoing not backed by evidence or legal frameworks. Need to be
>     very careful to stick to the facts. I'd be concerned that might
>     open OWASP up to a defamation lawsuit otherwise. It seems the
>     right approach is to handle it like any other intellectual
>     property issue by means of a C&D with a specific legal complaint,
>     and then a general statement that doesnt name Contrast that
>     reminds the public of branding policies and the meta-issues of
>     Contrast's approach without specifically naming them, but IANAL. I
>     don't think there's anything wrong with transparency for C&D
>     contacts though :)"
>     -- 
>     Jim Manico
>     Global Board Member
>     OWASP Foundation
>     https://www.owasp.org
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