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From Ian Lynch <ianrly...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Can (Podling) Projects collect funds through certification programs?
Date Tue, 13 Dec 2011 10:48:02 GMT
On 13 December 2011 10:23, seba.wagner@gmail.com <seba.wagner@gmail.com>wrote:

> How does the ASF deal with requests from companies that would like to get a
> certificate as reseller of a software?
>
> Are (Podling) Projects allowed to organize a "Certification" program for
> distributors and collect funds for their project that way?
>
> Collecting funds that way is a common way of Open Source projects, also
> Apache has a sponsor page et cetera. However the companies listed there
> contribute to the Foundation in general.
> The question is if each project of the foundation additionally can have its
> own Gold, Silver, et cetera Sponsorship program.
> Or for example can collect funds from a list of "partners" similar to for
> example http://moodle.com/partners/list/


The Apache system means that any donated/collected funds go to the central
Apache Software Foundation, not to any project in particular. That could
change but there would have to be convincing arguments/evidence of the
benefit as opposed to the drawbacks for the ASF community overall. With
Moodle, partners are officially endorsed to use the Trademarks. At present
this wouldn't work with Apache in terms of targeting an individual project.

>
>
> Thanks
> Sebastian
> --
> Sebastian Wagner
> http://www.openmeetings.de
> http://www.webbase-design.de
> http://www.wagner-sebastian.com
> seba.wagner@gmail.com
>



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