[OpenID board] Local chapters policy for consideration at the board meeting

Anthony Nadalin drsecure at us.ibm.com
Thu May 8 17:40:30 UTC 2008

So I propose we postpone the vote until we have had chance to review with
respective legal folks

Anthony Nadalin | Work 512.838.0085 | Cell 512.289.4122

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  |Mike Jones <Michael.Jones at microsoft.com>                                                                                                  |
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  |"board at openid.net" <board at openid.net>                                                                                                     |
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  |05/08/2008 12:31 PM                                                                                                                       |
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  |[OpenID board] Local chapters policy for consideration at the board     meeting                                                           |

Hi all,

The local chapters policy draft below is the result of substantial work by
the local chapters committee, especially Nat and Snorri.  It is acceptable
to the existing local chapters, allowing them to agree to abide by the
policy, which will then enable us to recognize them as official local
chapters of the OIDF.  It is flexible and inclusive while still enabling
the OpenID Foundation to perform its mission of promoting and protecting
OpenID for the community.

Therefore, the committee recommends approval of this draft during the board
call today.

                                                                Thank you,
                                                                -- Mike

                        OIDF Local Chapters Policy

     1 - Independent Organizations
     Local Chapters (“Chapters”) are independent of the OpenID Foundation
     ("OIDF") itself and thus can either be informal organizations or
     formal legal entities, which is a decision left to the Chapter

     2 - Registration
     Organizations must apply to the OIDF for recognition as a Local
     Chapter by sending an email to board at openid.net. In this email,
     Chapters must signify their agreement to the terms of this policy and
     supply: a) contact information for the organizers, b) the URL that the
     OIDF should use when listing the chapter, c) a description of the
     region or community that the organization serves, and d) the name of
     the chapter.

     3 - Members
     Chapters will clearly inform their members and prospective members
     that membership in the Local Chapter does not grant them membership in
     the OIDF and will encourage their members to also join OIDF.

     4 - Leadership Team
     Chapters must be headed by a designated leadership team, composed of
     at least three people.

     5 - Internet Site
     Chapters should have their own web site, listing events and news. This
     Chapter-sponsored web site is the responsibility of the chapter
     organizers, not of the OIDF staff or volunteers.

     6 - Intellectual Property
     Chapters must agree that any intellectual property or trademarks
     developed or held by the Chapter must be freely available for use to
     the OpenID Community; in particular, they must agree that any
     intellectual property or trademarks developed or held by the local
     chapter must either be owned by OIDF, jointly owned by the OIDF, or
     licensed to the OIDF under terms that allow OIDF to use them in
     whatever way it sees fit, including sublicensing to others under terms
     of its choosing.  The one exception to this policy is that a Chapter
     may have a Chapter logo or mark that is only available to members of
     that Chapter, provided that that logo or mark does not infringe the
     OpenID trademark.

     7 - Purpose
     Chapters must agree that all Chapter activities are focused on
     fostering the widespread adoption and use of OpenID and in support of
     the OIDF's mission statement.

     8 - Financing
     Chapters must operate independently, with no expectation of receiving
     funds from OIDF. However, they may apply to the OIDF board for funding
     of specific activities or events, and these requests will be
     considered on their merits.

     9 - Activities Report
     Chapters must exhibit “liveness”. At least every year the Chapter's
     leaders must report to the Local Chapters Committee on their chapter
     activities. Meetings are good.  Evidence of an active mailing list is

     10 - Listing of Chapters
     OIDF will list the Chapters on openid.net in a geographically
     organized list, providing contact information and links to the Chapter

     11 - Nondiscriminatory Acceptance
     All proposed Chapters agreeing to abide by the Local Chapters Policy
     will be accepted as Local Chapters by the OIDF.

     12 - Territories
     OIDF will recognize any proposed eligible Local Chapters, regardless
     of the geographic scope of the chapter, including chapters with
     overlapping territories and missions.

     13 - Non-Exclusive Relationships
     Chapters are free to maintain relationships and partnerships with
     other organizations and to maintain their own memberships, provided
     that the purpose and conduct of those relationships is consistent with
     this Local Chapters Policy.

     14 - Local Chapters Committee
     OIDF may authorize a Local Chapters Committee. This committee must be
     composed of at least one Chapter leader and at least one OIDF board

     15 - Chapter Removal
     If a Chapter has violated the Chapters Policy (e.g.: if a Chapter does
     not report its activities or pursues activities in conflict with its
     mission to promote OpenID) and the violation has not been corrected
     and completely resolved within 3 months after written notice by OIDF,
     OIDF can remove that Chapter from its listings. The OIDF Board may
     delegate the authority to de-list a chapter with cause to the Local
     Chapters Committees.  A Chapter may appeal the committee's decision to
     the board.  A Chapter may also request to be de-listed.

     16 - Changes to the Local Chapters Policy
     If the OIDF alters the Local Chapters Policy it will notify Local
     Chapter leaders of the change. Following notification, the Local
     Chapter leaders will have 90 days to reply to the Local Chapters
     Committee either accepting the revised policy or stating why they are
     unwilling to operate under the revised policy. Should they not accept
     the revised policy, the OIDF will record the policy version under
     which the Chapter was admitted and allow that chapter to continue
     operating under that policy, except in cases where the board
     determines that substantial legal risk or financial harm would be
     incurred by the OIDF or that damage to OpenID would result.  Failure
     to formally opt out of the revised policy within 90 days of the change
     will be deemed acceptance of the new policy.
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