[OpenID board] OpenID Foundation and Japan

David Recordon drecordon at sixapart.com
Mon Feb 11 18:37:38 UTC 2008

Adding a few more cc's to this thread for people who might not be on  
this list, but have expressed interest in this conversation.

I too would lean toward options 3 or 4.  One thing I like about option  
4 (assuming we understand what it takes to make happen) is that  
policies around IPR, trademark, membership, etc would also apply to  
members in Asia.  I foresee this making things simpler in the future  
though really am interested in opinions from others. :)


On Feb 11, 2008, at 9:44 AM, Drummond Reed wrote:

> David,
> 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.
> =Drummond
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: board-bounces at openid.net [mailto:board-bounces at openid.net] On  
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>> 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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