The Python Software Foundation
Minutes of Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors
August 13, 2002.
A regular regular meeting of the Python Software Foundation (the "PSF") Board of Directors was held over Internet Relay Chat at 1:05 pm EST. Guido van Rossum, president of the Foundation and chairman of the Board, presided at the meeting.
The following Board members were present: Tim Peters, Guido van Rossum, David Ascher, Martin von Loewis, Marc-Andre Lemburg, Thomas Wouters. The following members were absent: Jeremy Hylton. The Board had quorum.
- Minutes of the previous meeting where not available yet, so they could not be reviewed.
- Python Support Committee.
- New members.
- Lawyer review of the contribution forms.
- python.com and trademarking Python Powered.
Python Support Committee
Marc-Andre Lemburg moves that it is
RESOLVED, That the Public Support Committee (PSC) be made up of the following initial members: Stephan Deibel, Jeremy Hylton, Marc-Andre Lemburg, Tim Peters, Aahz, Alex Martelli, Neil Norwitz and Greg Ward, that the committee follows rules analog to those set forth in the PSF bylaws for the PSF board with respect to voting and meetings, and that Marc-Andre Lemburg will be the initial chairman of the PSC. I move to approve this motion.
The motion passes unanimously.
Marc-Andre expect that the PSC will start working in September, after the vaction time is over.
Guido asks whether the new members that were voted in at the OSCON meeting know about their membership. Martin says that this hasn't happened, and that he will inform them.
Affero has requested that the python.org mailman installation is integrated with the link inserter software. The Board discusses the question whether this should be done.
Thomas is not fond of that idea; David agrees. Marc-Andre asks what precisely Affero is requesting; Thomas explains that people put Affero links in their signatures, to indicate what organizations should be funded, and that Affero requests that Python can be one of the funded organizations. Marc-Andre says he can agree with that.
Thomas says he won't mind being one of the funds, but would not like to promote Affero. Guido explains that Affero wants us (the PSF) to put Affero's links into our mailing lists, and says this is a no-go for him. David and Thomas agree; Marc-Andre is in favour of being one of the beneficiaries, but does not want to see further steps. Thomas adds that he misunderstood Affero's plan, and suggests that each list owners can decide on his own. Guido says that list owner will likely come to the same conclusion, making it a subscriber choice. So the PSF does not need to act.
David says that we are already one of the Affero's funds. Tim reports that he cannot find the PSF in http://www.affero.com/cform2.html. Guido says he we ask Affero about this, and tell them our position.
Lawyer review of contribution forms
Chris Rourk has sent an informal opinion on the forms. The meeting agrees that his comments are better discussed on the board mailing list.
python.com and trademarking Python Powered
Guido reports that python.com uses the the slogan "powered by python". It is not clear whether trademarking the slogan "Python Powered" would help to protect the PSF from trademarking problems with python.com.
Thomas observes that the python.com logo looks similar to the Zope logo, but Guido thinks that the similiarity is not close enough to worry about.
Thomas offers to ask his company's lawyer what the best approach would, especially as he is located in the Netherlands, as is python.com. He promises an answer by the next board meeting.
Guido says he would not like to spend money on the registration if that can be avoided.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.