Trademarks and their limits
Posted Feb 8, 2013 16:18 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Trademarks and their limits
Parent article: Trademarks and their limits
The fact that it's an organization being defamed instead of an individual is not a problem. While the protection against statements that hurt your personal relationships wouldn't apply (the classic example is accusing a woman of being promiscuous), the usual case (the only one possible in many jurisdictions) is a statement that hurts your business relationship. That would apply to something like OpenOffice.
But I'm pretty sure slander and libel laws have never been used for things other than direct statements about the subject. Preventing someone from tarnishing your reputation by selling inferior products is exactly what trademark law is for.
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