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Medium’s Trademark Policy

People write about all kinds of things on Medium. Sometimes they reference companies or products. Sometimes they subtly (or not) promote brands. All fine by us. What Medium doesn’t allow is using someone else’s trademark in a way likely to confuse people.

What’s a trademark?

A trademark can be lots of things, but usually it’s a word, phrase or design (like a company name, a product name, a slogan or a logo). It shows you that this good or service comes from one company as opposed to some other company.

Trademarks exist to prevent consumer confusion over the source of a particular good or service. They also stop one company from free-riding on another company’s investment in branding. By contrast, they do not exist to help a company stop someone from discussing it (or its products) or to end secondary markets.

Someone’s using my trademark on Medium. What do I do?

If you think someone’s using your trademark in a way that’s likely to confuse readers, let us know. We’ll look into it. Then we’ll take appropriate action. This might include temporarily or permanently removing a post or account.

If you think someone is infringing your trademark, send the following information to trademark@medium.com:

  1. Your contact information:

Name
Mailing address
Email address
Phone number

Please note — we forward a trademark notice to the user who posted the disputed content. This might include your contact information, the name of your organization, and the contents of your notice. To protect your privacy, you may want to provide business rather than personal contact information.

2. The trademarked word or symbol

3. The trademark registration number and country where you claim trademark rights.

4. The category of goods and/or services in which you assert rights.

5. A link to the content on Medium that you think infringes.

6. A description of how particular content may create confusion. The more concrete, the better.

7. The action you request (e.g., removal of a particular post).

8. If you’re not the rights holder, describe your relationship to the rights holder.

9. A statement that:

If someone’s using my trademark, in what scenarios would you not take it down?

If you have questions or comments, let us know.