#TIL you can't have 'gitlab', 'wordpress' or 'ghost' in top-level domain names because they are protected trademarks.
- GitLab : https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/marketing/growth-marketing/brand-and-digital-design/brand-guidelines/#trademark
- WordPress : http://wordpressfoundation.org/trademark-policy/
- Ghost : https://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.
They have published blog posts about their association with #GNOME ( https://floss.social/@gnome/104870592323741441 ) which leads me to believe that there must have been some sort of arrangement between the 2 organizations.
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