[OpenID board] Informations about the European Foundation

seb20 seb.deuxzero at googlemail.com
Thu Mar 15 22:12:25 UTC 2007

Hi David,

You can contact them directly at  openid at openideurope.eu . I've put  
them in CC.


On 15 Mar 2007, at 18:48, Recordon, David wrote:

> 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?
> Thanks,
> --David
> -----Original Message-----
> 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
> countries.)
> 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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