When a trademark is used in a confusingly similar manner, it may be considered trademark infringement. However, please note that a trademark does not give you the sole and exclusive right to use that trademark in every context. For example, a website using the name of your business in the context of reviewing your products or even criticizing your brand is NOT infringing your trademark. Please consult your own legal counsel or refer to Chilling Effect’s FAQs about Trademark for more information.
If you believe that your trademark has been infringed upon, please:
- Verify that the blog in question is hosted by Automattic. We have no control over blogs that say “Powered by WordPress.org.” Those blogs use the open source WordPress software and are not hosted by us. Please contact the appropriate web host with complaints. We only host blogs that have “wordpress.com” in their URL or that say “powered by WordPress.com” on the site.
- Contact the blogger directly. Go to the blog post in question and leave a comment with your complaint to see if the matter can be resolved directly between you and the blogger.
If the issue cannot be resolved directly with the blogger, please submit your complaint via the form below. Our team will review it and take action as appropriate if we consider the use of your trademark to be infringing. Please refer to our Trademark Infringement support guide for information on how we process your complaint.
If you’re a user and believe that we have wrongfully terminated your site for trademark infringement, please contact us with any information you think we should know so that we may reevaluate the claim of infringement.
Your Infringement Notice will be forwarded to the party that made the content available or to third parties such as ChillingEffects.org.