#TIL you can't have 'gitlab', 'wordpress' or 'ghost' in top-level domain names because they are protected trademarks.

It is strictly prohibited by #GitLab and #WordPress; but unclear whether it applies to sub-domains as well.

sources :
- GitLab : about.gitlab.com/handbook/mark
- WordPress : wordpressfoundation.org/tradem
- Ghost : ghost.org/trademark/ > Automatic Restriction.

If you have a personal blog at wordpress.name.tld or a self-hosted gitlab instance at gitlab.name.tld, that is technically violating trademark rules.

I don't think it is strictly enforced though because there aren't any services ( that I know of at least ) that have gathered more popularity ( with misdirection in their domain names ) than the original services.

I know of the #GNOME GitLab instance that is at gitlab.gnome.org which is a violation.

Did @gnome obtain any special permissions to use the sub-domain?

I hope that the policy was not overlooked. There should have been some sort of dialogue between the organizations and some arrangement that was reached after deliberation.


@shine I guess filing an issue on their bug tracker, ironically also hosted by the same GitLab instance, would be a good idea. Seems they are in full swing migrating their bugzilla instance over to GitLab.


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@espen I don't think I should really be bothering them about this if #GitLab themselves aren't really bothered about this.

They have published blog posts about their association with #GNOME ( floss.social/@gnome/1048705923 ) which leads me to believe that there must have been some sort of arrangement between the 2 organizations.


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