[VisCom] board actions from VisCom

Arnulf Christl arnulf.christl at ccgis.de
Thu Sep 28 13:23:41 EDT 2006

Michael P. Gerlek wrote:
> Frank:
> From this morning's meeting, three requested actions for the board:

Oh man, I missed the meeting! I had 8pm in my head, thats so stupid. Sorry. 


> (1) Review VisCom's trademark usage guidelines
> (http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/TrademarkGuidelines) 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
> (http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/TrademarkFAQ), 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,
> http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/LogoProposal.  Note that if we are going
> to do (2), then the logo rework will include addition of a (TM) to it.
> Thanks.
> -mpg
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