what these guys need is… a trademark license!

Most screaming case for a community mark license I’ve seen in a while is the utterly cool PARK(ing) Day. Basically, they’ve got a very cool idea (probably patentable, not copyrightable) and have registered a mark (PARK(ing) Day, protected but not under copyright.) And they’ve put the thing (or tried to put it) under a CC-BY-NC-SA license, which is (say it with me, kids) a copyright license. And hence doesn’t accomplish what they want to accomplish, legally-speaking.

This isn’t really their fault; as far as I know no one has creatively addressed their needs1. Still, frustrating to see. If only there were 30 hours in the day…

  1. just as no one has creatively addressed the need of the spec writers []