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From: Rich Freeman <rich0@g.o>
Subject: Re: Call for agenda items -- Council meeting 2012-02-14
Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2012 14:16:00 -0500
On Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 1:56 PM, Fabian Groffen <grobian@g.o> wrote:
> I'd like to discuss the recently received email on "official permission
> to promote Gentoo on Facebook as Gentoo Linux Poland group", and in
> particular whether this is something for the Council, or for the
> trustees instead.
>
> I recall something about the use of Gentoo, it's logo, etc., but can't
> find it.  I would like to focus the discussion on the sub-question
> raised in the email, if and how we (Council) can support initiatives to
> promote Gentoo.

Well, use of the Gentoo name and logo are definite Trustee issues (if
anybody wants an exception to the policies the trustees have to grant
it).  However, I'm sure we're all interested in cooperating with the
Council on any suggestions they have/etc.

Right now there is a page regarding use of the Gentoo name and logo:
http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/name-logo.xml

We're actually in the process of updating the policy - not so much to
change it as to deal with a bunch of questions that keep coming up
regarding copyright/trademark/etc so that we have a single
comprehensive license - I'll be aiming to post a draft on the -project
or -nfp lists in the next week or so for comment.

So, speaking only for myself I think it is a good idea to support
local Gentoo efforts around the world, provided that these efforts
have some kind of association with and accountability to the project
as a whole.  Things like links on the g.o website and official
recognition via use of the name/logo are easy things to provide.  I'm
sure the Foundation could also consider funding for specific
activities if it made sense, although obviously we need to be careful
here (we already fund the occasional banner/DVDs/etc for conferences).

The existing name/logo policy already has provisions for community
initiatives that do not require any special permission from the
Trustees.  There are some requirements like disclaimers/etc that a
site is not official for them to make use of them.

For a site to be considered official it would probably make sense to
have some kind of formal tie-in to the organization as a whole.  That
might just be an identified lead (perhaps staff, perhaps not), and
maybe some kind of charter.  To have official recognition a group
would need to be aligned to the mission of Gentoo and would need to
follow relevant laws/etc (handling of money, copyright, etc).

Again, all the above are just my random initial thoughts.  I'm
certainly open to suggestions/proposals here, and I'm sure most
trustees would feel basically the same.  We're a community distro, so
anything that strengthens the community is a plus as long as we stay
on the up-and-up.

Also, in general if anybody has questions as to whether a particular
use of the Gentoo name/logo are acceptable they're always welcome to
submit a question to trustees@, or on -nfp, or file a bug/etc.  The
Trustees can help those interested in promoting Gentoo stay compliant,
or provide exceptions where required.

Rich


References:
Call for agenda items -- Council meeting 2012-02-14
-- Fabian Groffen
Re: Call for agenda items -- Council meeting 2012-02-14
-- Fabian Groffen
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