Couchsurfing Trademark Policy
You’ve probably arrived on this page because you’re interested in using the logo or other trademarks of Couchsurfing. That’s great! One of the most unique things about Couchsurfing is how many cool projects, events and art pieces are created by our members. We’re thrilled that you want to share Couchsurfing with the world, and we want to make it easy for you to do so.
The trademarks of Couchsurfing International, Inc. (also referred to in this Trademark Policy as “Couchsurfing”, “us” or “we”) include ‘Couchsurfing’ and ‘Couchsurfer,’ the Couchsurfing logo and a few other terms, phrases and logos that you might see around the Couchsurfing websites, mobile apps, etc. Collectively, these are called the “Marks. The rights to these Marks belong to Couchsurfing, and we are required by law to monitor their use.
Monitoring our Marks allows us to protect our name and logo and prevent confusion for our members. For example, if someone started a tour company called “Couchsurfing Tours, our members might accidentally assume they were affiliated with us. We want to ensure this doesn’t happen and enable us to ask them to change their name. If many people use the Couchsurfing Marks without adhering to our guidelines, even for worthwhile projects, the ability of the Couchsurfing Marks to function properly weakens over time. When that happens, it affects your ability to know with confidence what offerings are truly and genuinely associated with Couchsurfing and our community.
Couchsurfing allows for our Marks to be used in quite a few ways, as we outline below. We generally don’t allow the Marks to be used in ways other than what is listed in this Trademark Policy, but if you have a use that you don’t see covered, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love creative ideas and we’ll be happy to take a look and see if your project meets our guidelines.
What are trademarks and copyrights?
Trademarks and copyrights are types of Intellectual Property (IP).
Trademarks are words, phrases, images, logo designs, slogans or other material designed to identify the specific goods or services of its owner. Examples of this are the Couchsurfing logo, slogans such as “Travel is a State of Mind”, “The World is Smaller Than You Think”, “One Couch at a Time” and most importantly the terms Couchsurfing and Couchsurfer themselves.
Copyright refers to the rights that are granted to the authors of artistic or literary works. These may include a picture, painting, story, movie or some other form of original expression. Copyright covers a lot of the content on the Couchsurfing websites, both the things posted by Couchsurfing staff and by other Couchsurfing members.
Why do we care?
Uses of our brand and logo
Apparel & materials
Books, travel guides, movies and documentaries
* Always use as one word Couchsurfing with an initial capital C’ and lowercase s’.
* When you refer to the term Couchsurfing, please make sure it is in reference to our platform or community and not any other activities or services.
* Only use the word “Couchsurfer to refer to users of the official Couchsurfing services (members of our community).
You also can link to Couchsurfing on your website or blog. Just please make sure not to state or suggest that Couchsurfing is sponsoring, endorsing or affiliated with your website unless that is true.
- Posted by the Couchsurfing Staff . We work very hard to produce the content that you see on our websites please contact us if you are interested in using our content, as permission must be granted prior to use.
- Posted by other Members . The content that other Couchsurfers upload to the website may be owned by them please don’t use it without contacting the member directly and asking for permission.
DMCA . Couchsurfing complies with the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA); if you feel that your copyrighted content is being displayed inappropriately on the Couchsurfing website(s), please submit your DMCA request to DMCA@couchsurfing.com. For more information on the DMCA or copyright take-down procedures, please refer to chillingeffects.org.
Have fun and keep on surfing!