Automattic Sets WordPress Free (Trademark)

On September 10, 2010, Posted by , In Community Posts,NEWS, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Automattic Sets WordPress Free (Trademark)

After holding a upon one of the most recognized symbols of blogging, Automattic has finally transferred of the to the the WordPress foundation.

We are pleased to announce that Automattichas made a remarkable and by transferring ownership of the WordPress trademark to the WordPress Foundation. We’re honored to accept this donation, and to preserve and protect the trademark in the years ahead as a keystone part of the Foundation’s mission to ensure that WordPress is around and thrives for generations to come.

It is highly unusual (to say the least) for a company to give away a trademark worth millions, and this move by Automattic is extremely generous and community-minded. (WordPress Foundation)

Securing the WordPress trademark will help ease some of the fears many had about Automattic, and may also give the WordPress Foundation some much needed authority.

It will also make it easier to enforce the rules regarding use of the trademark which currently forbid for from using “WordPress” within their respective name (with the exception being Automattic who is Grandfathered in).

While this news will probably not affect most bloggers (at least those who are not into the technicalities or legalities of business), it will probably help secure WordPress’s founder (Matt Mullenweg) legacy for years to come.

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