To clarify what Walt @G3NYY queried:
“Summits on the Air” is a registered trademark but is limited to Europe, expanding it to a worldwide trademark would have been horrendously expensive. “SOTA” is too generic for us to own the trademark even under a limited category.
The logo is Copyright and this applies worldwide - even if we couldn’t enforce it. We are applying for the logo to be a registered trademark - the guidance for this is from the trademarking by the RSGB for the IOTA programme
Why has this been done - mainly to provide protection for our only mechanism to raise funds to pay for the SOTA (Summits on the Air) facilities by selling awards and merchandise and to provide limited protection from attempts to “pass-off” as the official “Summits on the Air” programme. It is not an attempt to prevent anybody using, or referring to, the facilities or from using the name or logo - EXCEPT for commercial purposes.