Resolution 2004-01-05.dbg.1: Norwegian Debian trademark

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From: Wichert Akkerman <secretary(at)spi-inc(dot)org>
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Subject: Resolution 2004-01-05.dbg.1: Norwegian Debian trademark
Date: 2004-01-17 13:35:05
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At its last meeting the board of directors accepted the resolution

Resolution 2004-01-05.dbg.1: Norwegian Debian trademark


1. In resolution 2003-06-03.bmh.1[1], the board of directors of Software
in the Public Interest, Inc. ("SPI") authorized the creation of a
trademark committee to investigate the current use of the SPI
trademark and make recommendations for future policy and use. In the
same resolution, the board authorized the trademark committee to
retain the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton for
trademark related work as described in the resolution.

2. A new foundation known as Stiftelsen SLX Debian Labs (the
"Foundation") has been established in Norway to promote the use and
values of Free Software in the Norwegian educational system and to
sponsor the Debian-Edu subproject.

3. The board, on behalf of and after consultation with the Debian
project, believes it would be in the best interest of the Debian
project to permit the Foundation to use the Debian name and logos in
Norway subject to a customary trademark license agreement (the
"License Agreement").

5. Ms. Astri Lund and Mr. Felix Reimers of the law firm Grette in Oslo,
Norway have have generously offered to assist SPI, on a pro bono
basis, in registering the DEBIAN name and logos as trademarks in
Norway, and in drafting the License Agreement.

6. The costs of registering a trademark in Norway, given pro bono
assistance from Grette, will be approximately USD 275 per class of
mark or approximately USD 550 for the registration of the DEBIAN name
and one logo.


7. that, as recommended by the trademark committee, the board shall
retain the law firm of Grette, on a pro bono basis, to work with
Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton on obtaining registered trademarks
in Norway for the DEBIAN name and logos, as shall be authorized by
the Debian Project Leader working in consultation with the trademark

8. that each of the officers and directors of SPI, Inc. is hereby
authorized to negotiate and enter into the License Agreement on
behalf of SPI, Inc., in a form to be approved by the Debian Project

9. that the Debian Project Leader may authorize expenditures of up to
$700 for any expenses incurred in connection with the foregoing, and
that additional funds may be provided by the Foundation or another
third party.

Wichert Akkerman <wichert(at)wiggy(dot)net> It is simple to make things. It is hard to make things simple.