[OpenID board] OpenID Foundation and Japan

Drummond Reed drummond.reed at cordance.net
Mon Feb 11 17:44:32 UTC 2008


I tend towards options 3 or 4 if there is the momentum to support them. But,
as you say, it really comes down to the interest and motivations of
companies and organizations in Japan. Nat is probably in the best position
to speak to that.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] On Behalf
> Of David Recordon
> Sent: Sunday, February 10, 2008 12:00 PM
> To: board at openid.net; Nobuhiro Seki; Sakimura Nat; Kentaro Sakamoto
> Subject: [OpenID board] OpenID Foundation and Japan
> Hi all,
> I'm trying to bring together a few different threads of conversation
> around formalizing OpenID in Japan.  Six Apart KK, NRI, and VeriSign
> KK have been speaking for the past few months about the desire to both
> protect OpenID intellectual property in Japan as well as having an
> organization to promote and encourage adoption of OpenID via.  So far
> there seem to be a few possibilities (feel free to correct me if I'm
> wrong):
>   1) Do not establish any legal entity or formal recognition of
> members of the OpenID Foundation from Japan
>   2) Do not establish a legal entity in Japan but somehow recognize
> members of the OpenID Foundation from Japan
>   3) Establish a legal entity in Japan which is not formally part of
> the OpenID Foundation, but is recognized like OpenID Europe Foundation
>   4) Establish a legal entity in Japan which is formally a part of the
> OpenID Foundation (eg Mozilla Europe)
> Obviously there are various pros and cons to each choice, though we
> should also remember that the decision here will most likely dictate
> the outcome of future similar scenarios.  I'd be especially interested
> in the views of the multi-national companies especially those also
> working with OpenID internationally.
> --David
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