[OpenID board] board Digest, Vol 3, Issue 3

Thomas Huhn (Solution Media) th at solution-media.de
Wed Mar 7 15:17:01 UTC 2007

Thanks Johannes for making this a topic on the agenda and thanks to Randy
for donating the logo to the foundation.

As this discussion is concerning the trademark issue of the intended new
logo of the OpenID Directory I hope you don´t mind me joining you on this
topic. I think it´s easier to find the right path when everybody knows what
exactly the talk is about.

After launching the OpenID Directory we had a lot of feedback and we tried
to catch up with what the community was expecting from us since then. We are
ready now to launch most of the requested features (e.g. OpenID login,
protected voting etc.) which also impacts an optical roundup.

Until now we only had a textline and no logo at all.  So our thought was not
only TO BE a motivated supporter of the OpenID community, but also TO SHOW
our adjacency visually. That´s why we took Randys logo as a base for
creating a new logo for the OIDD which you can find on our development
server http://dev.openiddirectory.com .

We also see the integrated OpenID logo as a symbol of quality. And that´s
exactly what we want to achieve: listings of quality approved OpenID enabled
sites. At the moment we just do our own checks, but as soon as there´s an
official guideline, we will follow up on it.

We hope you see this issue the way we do. But we respect copyrights and
trademarks and the opinion of the OpenID community we´re all part of. So we
leave the decision up to you how to proceed with our proposal.

Thanks to everybody for spending their time on this,

BTW: aside from the trademark aspect logo design is always a matter of
taste, I think. Randy already mentioned that he would probably prefer to
have the word Directory in a Helvetica Neue font ;-). Anyway, we like it the
way it is, but are totally open for discussions.

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> Message: 9
> Date: Wed, 7 Mar 2007 00:09:13 -0800
> From: Dick Hardt <dick at sxip.com>
> Subject: Re: [OpenID board] Trademark board meeting issue
> To: board at openid.net
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> I agree this is not something the board can decide and needs to
> reflect the community.
> I'm concerned that someone posting the question to general@ will not
> lead to a desirable outcome as most people are not educated on TM
> issues.
> I would suggest that trademark usage be part of the IPR policy and
> that the board propose a policy to the community which can then be
> approved.
> -- Dick
> On 6-Mar-07, at 1:55 PM, Recordon, David wrote:
> > I think this is a great thing to discuss and something outlined in the
> > charter.  In any case, I don't think we as the board can make a
> > decision
> > here.  The charter outlines this item as working with the wider
> > community to come to consensus which it seems like we're being spurred
> > to do.
> >
> > I guess I'd encourage the person that contacted you to email
> > general at openid.net to start a discussion within the community.  If the
> > general list wants to allow it then I think we as a board should make
> > sure it can be allowed legally and make it happen.  Vice-versa, if we
> > all love the idea and the general lists hates it then we shouldn't
> > approve it.
> >
> > --David
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] On
> > Behalf Of Johannes Ernst
> > Sent: Friday, March 02, 2007 3:51 PM
> > To: board at openid.net
> > Subject: [OpenID board] Trademark board meeting issue
> >
> > I'm asking to put this item on the agenda of the next board call, e.g.
> > call it "Permissible uses of the OpenID mark".
> >
> > I've been asked whether a particular proposed use of the term
> > OpenID and
> > the OpenID logo is permissible ... because my company is currently the
> > owner of the OpenID trademark registration.
> >
> > The proposed use in this case goes a bit beyond current practice.
> >
> > As our intention at NetMesh is to assign the trademark registration to
> > the foundation as soon as it is properly set up and when the other
> > IP is
> > being assigned by everybody, I would want to avoid to unilaterally
> > decide whether or not a proposed use of the mark in a different
> > fashion
> > is acceptable or not.
> >
> > So I'd like to discuss what the foundation's policy will likely be on
> > this issue, so I can get back to the individual asking me on this.
> >
> >
> >
> > Johannes Ernst
> > NetMesh Inc.
> >
> >
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