On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:32 PM, Anirudh Bhati <anirudh...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Tinu,
>
> On Wed, Mar 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM, CherianTinu Abraham <tinucher...@gmail.com
> > wrote:
>
>> If it matters, if you have read the MoA or the Chapters agreement of the
>> Wikimedia India Chapter or most of the chapters, the Foundation and
>> Chapters are independent organizations. Wikimedia Foundation is NOT a
>> parent organization of the Wikimedia India Chapter.
>>
>
> The Wikimedia Foundation licenses the use of its trademark to independent
> and autonomous chapters around the world.  This may constitute a
> principle-agent relationship EVEN in the absence of a formal quid pro quo.
>  In an ideal world, I would support structures that are as efficient as
> possible.  But in the real world, we have to consider many variables (many
> of which may be unsuitable for public discourse) that may have affect
> organizations working in a less-than-ideal legal environment.  The
> associated legal risks have a direct bearing on the office-bearers of the
> institutions. I would urge that the discussion around legalities be
> discontinued from now on, but focus rather on the propriety of holding
> multiple positions of functionaries within two organizations using the same
> trademark.
>

To clarify:  The issue is transient for now, and my personal opinion is
that the two organizations/teams should not have the same functionaries.
 Not suggesting anything improper on the part of our contributors, this was
not a settled issue, but hopefully they will approve of this message.


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