(related but different thread here)
Moving this conversation from various Slack threads. The genesis of this conversation was the implementation of an OFN instance by Microsoft for Purdue University in Indiana, USA, in June, 2020. This implementation was virtually indistinguishable from an OFN affiliate instance, with OFN verbiage, “basket” logo, Wordpress there, links to terms of service, presentation, user guide, and more.
There are at least two issues here, but the one that can be addressed by trademarking and other protections of intellectual property, is that it would be easy for any user to confuse this implementation - which is not connected to the global commmunity for software updates and bug fixes, training, tech support, vision, values, or topology - with a community sponsored OFN instance (for example openfoodnetwork.net in the US). This damages our reputation and effectiveness, and harms users who think they are joining the OFN community but are not.