[Foundation] New steps, moving forward

Barry G Lee bglee at myjabber.net
Thu Aug 8 09:45:25 CDT 2002

Excellent Jeremie

We have believed from day 1 that the trade mark should be held by the
JSF and that the JSF set the standard for usage. Our company would again
welcome the opportunity to work closely with the JSF.

I personally have experience on the legal side and offer my services
wherever is needed.



-----Original Message-----
From: members-admin at jabber.org [mailto:members-admin at jabber.org] On
Behalf Of Jeremie
Sent: Thursday, August 08, 2002 12:15 AM
To: members at jabber.org
Subject: [Foundation] New steps, moving forward

I'm very excited to announce the results of some ongoing work to help
jabber move forward even faster than before.

First of all, I've been working closely with Jabber, Inc. on multiple
things over the past few weeks, things that we all agree it is time for
and will help the project, community, and everyone involved to start
evolving and growing in new ways.  Here I'll outline the progress being
made and results on much of this.

The first major step forward is Jabber, Inc.'s sponsorship of my work.
We're ready to start taking the next step, transitioning from my
relationship as an employee to that of a sponsorship.  The goal is for
this to happen by virtue of a grant to the JSF, subject to approval by
the JSF Board.  This is an important development, and means the growing
relationship between the myself, the JSF, JINC, and the rest of the
community is very clear and open.  It also is an opportunity for the JSF
to strengthening it's position, and can create a precedent that opens
the door for other grants and sponsorships to follow.

The second and more important action is progress regarding the handling
of the Jabber Trademark.  Much of the past concern, often from our
friends in the legal world, is the ability of the JSF to properly manage
and administer the trademark.  In the past this was clearly justified,
the JSF isn't even a year old, the processes set forth in the bylaws for
managing the technical aspects (jeps, members, council, etc) are only
recently stabilizing and actively progressing.  Other concerns are that
the existing Board (myself included) has been less active during this
first year, and the management of the foundation needs to mature and
demonstrate it's leadership.

I've been collaborating with JINC, specifically Tony Bamonti, VP of Open
Alliances and Standards, and learning quickly about trademark
administration and the importance surrounding it for our community.  In
order to make progress, the important work to be done here is ultimately
within the JSF, and beginning to build a framework capable of managing
what "Jabber" means.  This involves handling applications for the
usages, levels of standards compliance, testing, and resolving issues as
they arise.  Once this begins with the JabberPowered mark, then
realistic progress can be made surrounding the administration of the
Jabber trademark itself within the JSF.

Many of these things will take time, as they involve multiple entities,
community feedback, and often legal opinions.  This will all also have
to build upon the upcoming elections for the Council and particularly
the Board, being some of the first actions to discuss once the new
groups conveine.  This is one of the most exciting and significant steps
forward, I'm very eager to set a new pace and make some new progress
within the JSF and our community.



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