According to WordPress.org, to protect their trademark they ask that if you are going to create a WordPress related site not to use “WordPress” in the domain you choose.
What’s the meaning behind this? Are sites that use WordPress in their name at risk? Is WPCandy at risk?
Although they are not lawyers, WordPress still insists that they must make it clear, “so that we protect our trademark.”
So what does this mean for all those sites out there that already have “WordPress” in their domain name? Well not much really. They aren’t doing any harm to WordPress, but if they did decide to go all corporate and take out every other WordPress related site with WordPress in their domain, the WordPress community will take it pleasantly.
What about WPCandy? Do we interfere with WordPress’s policy? To be honest I don’t think so. I know “WP” is an abbreviation of “WordPress”, but again if WordPress decides to shoots down every site with “WP” in their name, it would look bad on themselves.
We all know that WordPress isn’t going to get too touchy about this, basically because it’s free publicity. The real question is, if you have a site with “WordPress” in the domain and WordPress emailed you and demanded you to remove it, or legal action would be taken, would you do as they say and stop using WordPress?