board actions from VisCom

Michael P. Gerlek mpg at
Thu Sep 28 13:02:30 EDT 2006


>From this morning's meeting, three requested actions for the board:

(1) Review VisCom's trademark usage guidelines
( and take one of
the following actions:

  - approve as-is to be official OSGeo policy
  - return to VisCom with minor semantic changes requested
  - return to VisCom with major semantic changes requested

Note that VisCom plans to to significantly improve the FAQ
(, but keep within the
policies in the main document (and inherited from Mozilla).

(2) Resolve the long-standing "TM" question -- specifically, should we
obtain formal trademark status for key OSGeo branding elements?  VisCom
is in favor of doing this.  This action may require moderate expense and
use of a lawyer, but it out of VisCom's scope.  We suggest three
trademark items:

  - the name "The Open Source Geospatial Foundation"
  - the name "OSGeo"
  - the compass logo

Note: it is not clear if the word "THE" is in our formal full name or
not.  VisCom needs to know this, to get our trademark guidelines
document correct.  Someone, probably a legal person, would know this.

Note: depending on the disposition of item (3) below, our actual logo
might need undergo some small changes before we formally register it.

(3) Approve our request for $7200 for logo and branding work,  Note that if we are going
to do (2), then the logo rework will include addition of a (TM) to it.



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