[OpenID board] Informations about the European Foundation

Recordon, David drecordon at verisign.com
Thu Mar 15 18:48:30 UTC 2007

Hi Dries and Sebastien,
As others have said, thanks for taking the time to start this
conversation!  I'd love to get in direct contact with the European
foundation guys since I think our goals are quite similar.  Do you know
the best way to start this dialogue?


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From: board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] On
Behalf Of Dries Buytaert
Sent: Wednesday, March 14, 2007 9:32 AM
To: board at openid.net
Subject: Re: [OpenID board] Informations about the European Foundation

On 14 Mar 2007, at 02:36, Scott Kveton wrote:
> I'm interested in discussing ways that we can work together better.  
> My biggest concern right now is that the current delegates for each 
> country
> appear to be OpenID providers as well as promoting the technology.   
> I see
> that as a direct conflict of interest and one that needs to be 
> considered.
> The localized sites for each country should be focused on advocacy and

> promotion not on providing OpenID service.

Ideally, there would be one organization to manage all IP (name, logo,
brand) but looking at the history of things, this might be tricky ... or
at least ... interesting.  ;)

Reading the document it looks like they are incorporated in Belgium (I'm
from Belgium).  They filed a trademark application in 27 countries of
the the European Community.  This is a fairly expensive operation so I'm
guessing they have some financial backing.  (From the looks, the
trademark hasn't been approved yet in either Belgium, The Netherlands or
Luxembourg -- didn't check for any other European

A solution to this might be to (i) add some more Europeans to the board
so Europeans are better represented and/or to (ii) introduce a notion of
affiliate foundations.  For example, in Europe we have Mozilla Europe, a
French non-profit organization that is recognized as an international
affiliate of the US-based Mozilla Foundation.

Dries Buytaert  ::  http://www.buytaert.net/

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