Magento License / Trademarks FAQs
What open source license do we use for Magento Community Edition?
Magento Community Edition is distributed under the Open Software License (OSL 3.0), and is thus open source software.
I'm a merchant. What does "open source" mean to me?
You may download, modify, use, and distribute the open source Software. You can be assured that Magento will continue to thrive because all contributions made to the software by you and others must be made available under the same OSL 3.0 license.
I'm a developer. What does the OSL 3.0 license mean to me?
OSL 3.0 allows developers access to the Magento Community Edition source code. Developers can modify and customize the software and distribute their own derivative works under the OSL 3.0 license. This will lead to a larger community of developers enhancing Magento in ways that are available to all.
Can I use Magento trademarks, service marks, and logos?
You may use the Magento trademarks, service marks, and logos in the manner in which you are licensed to do so, and in accordance with our trademark rules or any guidance that we provide to you. See more on trademark rules below.
Can I use the Magento trademark in one of my domain names or URLs?
No. You may not use the Magento trademark or any other mark associated with the Magento offering from our company in your domain name or URL. (For example, "www.magentohosting.com" is not allowed). See more on this topic below.
What are appropriate and inappropriate uses of Magento trademarks?
Examples of unauthorized uses of the Magento trademarks include the following:
- Company, product, or service name - You may not use or register Magento or any other Magento trademark or service mark, including graphic symbols, logos, icons, or obvious alterations thereof, as all or part of your company name, trade name, product name, or service name.
- Merchandise items - You may not manufacture, sell, or give-away merchandise items such as T-shirts and mugs bearing the name Magento or any Magento trademark or service marks, including symbols, logos, or icons, or obvious alterations thereof, as a way of associating your goods with Magento software, except pursuant to an express written trademark license from our company.
- Magento logo and Magento-owned graphic symbols - You may not use the Magento logo or any other Magento graphic symbol, logo, or icon on or in connection with web sites, products, packaging, manuals, promotional/advertising materials, or for any other purpose except pursuant to an express written agreement (such as a Business Partner Agreement).
- Disparaging Manner - You may not use a Magento trademark or service mark or any other graphic symbol, logo, or icon, in an untruthful or disparaging manner.
- Variations, takeoffs or abbreviations - You may not use an obvious variation of the name Magento or any of our trademarks or service marks, or any variation, phonetic equivalent, foreign language equivalent, takeoff, or abbreviation, for any purpose relating to e-commerce software or services. For example: "Magento", "iMagento," and "MagentoMail" are not acceptable.
- Endorsement or Sponsorship - You may not use the Magento logo or symbols in a manner that would imply Magento's affiliation with or endorsement, sponsorship, or support of anyone else's product or service.
- Slogans and taglines -You may not use or imitate a Magento marketing slogan or tagline so that a consumer would confuse your goods or services with ours.
- Domain names - You may not use an identical or virtually identical Magento trademark as a second level domain name. For example, "iMagento.com" and "Magentomail.com" are not acceptable.