[zeromq-dev] Trademark policy for 0MQ

Martin Sustrik sustrik at 250bpm.com
Sat May 14 11:00:59 CEST 2011

Hi Pieter,

>> 5. The trademarks are currently owned by iMatix. Given that iMatix is a
>> commercial entity, ownership of trademarks on behalf of community can be a
>> bit delicate. There's still an option to pass to ownership to some
>> foundation, such as spi (owns trademarks for debian, libreoffice etc.)
> To be honest, the trademarks represent non-trivial value to iMatix and
> it would be hard to literally give them away. This is not really an
> option, though it's one I've considered. There would have to be
> compelling reasons (e.g. real dysfunction that puts the community at
> risk), and it'd have to include the domain names.

Someone has to own the trademarks, so iMatix is as good as any other guy.

>> 6. Whoever owns the trademarks on behalf of the community, there still have
>> to be a governance process to manage those trademarks.
> Not quite what I meant.
> The governance process is to manage what falls under whatever grant
> iMatix makes. In my initial proposal, the grant covers any project
> held under the ZeroMQ organization at github.com, and the community
> manages this organization.

That's what I meant. By granting trademarks to github zeromq 
organisation any organisation admin to extend the trademarks to 
arbitrary new project by adding it to the organisation.

That kind of process is definitely an option. The other option would be 
to have a voting process etc.

For record, current admins of zeromq organisation at github are:

Chuck Remes (ffi-rzmq)
Brian Granger (pyzmq)
Gonzalo Diethelm (jzmq)
Daisuke Maki (ZeroMQ-Perl)
Martin Lucina (libzmq build system, man pages)
Pieter Hintjens (zguide, czmq)
Martin Sustrik (libzmq)


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