Joel called the meeting to order and asked for procedural motions.
Joel discussed the mission of of the PF: "protect and promote Plone".
One goal last year was the "Plone Group". The conservancy initiative
addressed this. The other was the work on the trademark. These two
On promote, things like conferences, attractive information. This is
"promote Plone". Another item: funded by CA seed money. CA was very
good supporters of Plone and the PF mission. CA streamlined their
product line and one of those was the Plone product. Thus the two CA
board seats (and the bylaws for that) are no longer there.
Question from Peter: the board will shrink by 2? Correct.
Mark gave report. 100k started. Since then, some revenue, for
example Packt Publishing. Current financial statement and reports are
available by email. Cash balance is 50k. Liability of 4k. Promotion
expenses. Travel expenses, Joel, Paul, Alex. Possibly more trademark
expenses, coming to the end of the cycle.
Question: budget process for next year? Mark: starts with next
ChrisW: what was the royalty revenue? Packt Publishing's book by
Cameron Cooper. Recurring. Round of applause.
Joel: gifts in kind from companies that offset expenses. CIGNEX and
ZeOmega for signage. Porter Novelli for PR.
Why are we paying for trademark help in light of SFLC? Trademark work
1) Trademark report by Xavier. Why protect the mark? People starting
to register. Had to give an address. Used ZEA w/ agreement to
transfer to the foundation when the PF existed. Work with an
In some countries, still in an opposition phase. Some people might
wake up and say they have an opposition. Probability very low. After
conference, finalize paperwork.
AndrewHatton: Is the trademark the word Plone or other? The mark was
previously registered in different places. We have registered name
and logo as "figurative registration". Protects the brand.
philiKON: How many countries are in the pending phase? Registration
is based on different protocols and different countries.
sree: He can help get legally free assistance in India. Xavier:
Already in progress, in opposition phase.
Russ: We probably shouldn't advertise problem
Alan: US trademark, registered long ago, should finish at the end of
Paul: Mention about companies that pooled money to get registrations
started before PF got its funding.
Limi: Trademark committee. Trademark policy published this year, big
accomplishment. Need a trademark committee chairman.
2) IP/Conservancy. Vote for conservancy overwhelmingly
approved. Worked w/ Eben and SFLC on contrib agreement. Progress
on getting signatures.
Another topic: licenses. No decision made by the board because no
decision by members. Session today to find out more about what people
want, collect raw data. Start asking people more formally.
Kapil: Is there a process for transfering code to the PF, and should
there be? Joel: yes, contributions from CA when they left the market.
Other products: Quills and LinguaPlone.
ChrisW: Stuff from CA, even if we don't like the code, we should
accept it, just to continue chain of ownership.
Joel: PloneCollab, from Ben/Kapil/CA, nee
sree: In ChrisW's presentation, Plone's download has multiple
licenses. Joel: The download contains code w/ multiple
licenses. CMFPlone is GPL. Alan: discussion of collective work.
3) Marketing. New Orleans conference created marketing
Jonah B. is the right person to talk to re: Plone
Marketing. We gave presentations at LW, but Mambo got "Best In Show".
"Plone.net" helped out by Pilot Systems. Plone.net will include on
case studies, company information. Plone.net will be profit-making for
1) Things we need. plone.net. membership
DavidConvent: Are there strict rules for membership commitee, or is it
subjective? Joel: Subject, though broad rules. Need to be
conservative, as members become co-owners.
plone.org. Lurking problem. Things are getting difficult. Need help
for plone.org to become fantastic site. Need help. Designers,
sysadmins, content librarians.
Jonah: Subdomains. Need to
2) New board members announced.