[Owasp-board] On the OWASP Benchmark

Jim Manico jim.manico at owasp.org
Thu Oct 22 08:32:03 UTC 2015


I am glad to see your opinion on this matter evolve, Tobias.

- Jim


On 10/22/15 10:31 AM, Tobias wrote:
> 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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Jim Manico
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OWASP Foundation
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