Summary of October 19th, 2008 Trustees Meeting
This meeting of the board of trustees was held, quorate, Sunday, 19 October
2008 1900 UTC on freenode.net channel #gentoo-trustees.
Trustees In Attendance
dmwaters sends her apologies for her absense.
Status of Action Items In Last Meeting
Gentoo Foundation Banking - tsunam
Negotiations with Capital One are in progress. Final steps are being taken to
secure the account. All necessary signatures have been collected. Anticipated
data of completion is in two weeks, awaiting IRS updates. Grant Goodyear will
be approached regarding the paypal check. Also anticipate receiving check from
Google for GSoC.
US IP & Trademark
On hold for banking. Tanda Neundorf is legal counsel in this matter. Ms. Neundorf is our pro bono IP attorney for the US, she is an associate with the Mountain View law firm Fenwick & West, LLP.
Foundation Article for GMN
International Licensing - fmccor
Karen Copenhaver, of Choate, Hall, and
Stewart, LLP in Boston, will be representing the Gentoo Foundation internationally.
Karen Copenhaver represented the Linux Foundation previously. Trademarks are
generally valid by country or region, depending on treaties. Registration of IP
outside the US is first come first served, thus we can easily enough license
anyone anywhere to sell Gentoo-branded merchandise, but to protect our trademarks anywhere, we
must register them (independent of use). The Gentoo Foundation currently has IP
protection in the US. Gentoo e.V. has registered the "G" logo in Germany. Fmccor
will be in communication with Gentoo e.V. regarding IP and possible
collaboration over the next few weeks, with negotiating powers, any decisions
pending board approval. To protect our IP, we should register it if we can.
Ms. Copenhaver suggested writing into the agreement that the requester at least share the
cost of registration since it is to their benefit.
Certified Public Accountant - quantumsummers
Set up conference call with ING, Grant Goodyear & the board. quantumsummers
will continue to research this need and will report back at the next meeting.
Licensing for emtom.cz and Howtoforge.com - quantumsummers
This issue is specifically tied to International Licensing, and will be on hold
until that is settled.
Trustee and Officer Roles - fmccor
The Foundation Bylaws are clear and facilitate the separation of roles.
Cafepress Trademark Infringement - quantumsummers
Friendly cease and desist letters are to be sent to the cafepress and the
offending companies after review by the board and officers.
Open Bugs Assigned to Trustees
Bug #177966 Clarify Foundation page on external entities
This bug has been closed.
Bug #217511 The Gentoo Store is Out of Date - musikc
Store has been updated.
Bug #236863 Bylaws Tracker Bug
Some very important changes regarding foundation membership are being
finalized. First, as all Gentoo developers and staff are encouraged to join
the foundation, membership will now be available at join date, whereas
previously a one year wait periods was required. Secondly, all contributing
Gentoo users are encouraged to apply for foundation membership. Approval will
be granted by the board of trustees on a per application basis, contingent on
the applicant providing verifiable proof of meaningful contribution to Gentoo.
Bug #56711 Retire: Renat Lumpau (rl03)
Renat is currently out of the country, and given his important assistance to
the foundation the board requested that undertakers defer action until his return.
Treasurer Report for FY ending 30 June 2008
Report is in progress, paypal records have been received, and we are waiting
on the previous years banking records. Quarterly reports are currently in
progress. They will be posted to the foundation web space as they are
Other Business and Open Floor
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