[OpenID board] The new OIDF Local Chapters Policy
mart at degeneration.co.uk
Wed Apr 23 20:06:40 UTC 2008
Drummond Reed wrote:
> While I think I understand the intent here, it is somewhat confusing for
> a Chapter to become a Member of OIDF. Does that mean as a member of
> OIDF, it has the same voting rights as any other member of OIDF? How are
> the dues determined, or are there dues for Chapters? Is this entirely
> separate from whether any of the members of the Chapter are also members
> of OIDF? The overall principal is okay, but answers to those questions
> should be spelled our clearly in this paragraph.
We touched on this briefly in the last board meeting.
There seemed to be agreement (though, to be clear, it was not put to a
vote) that when it comes to joining the foundation a Local Chapter is
just like any other corporate member, and can take part in work groups, etc.
The most important implication of this -- which again, no-one raised
objections to in the meeting -- is that if desired a local chapter could
in theory act as a "proxy" for its members, thus allowing them to
contribute without actually joining OIDF themselves. We should consider
carefully what effects this will have on the IPR policy; presumably any
issues that arise from this -- if indeed there are any at all -- could
also equally arise from any company acting as a "proxy" for anyone else.
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