[ubuntu-nl gemeenschapsraad] Fwd: Question about the use of the trademark name Ubuntu

Ronnie van de Crommenacker ronnie.vd.c op ubuntu.com
Ma Aug 8 13:34:54 CEST 2011

Hieronder de reactie van Canonical.

Ik heb geen idee wanneer dit intern rond zou zijn, maar het lijkt me het
best om hierop te wachten totdat we groen licht hebben.
Hebben we nog informatie nodig van Jona Bacon?


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Michelle Surtees-Myers <michelle op canonical.com>
Date: Mon, Aug 8, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Subject: Re: Question about the use of the trademark name Ubuntu
To: Ronnie van den Crommenacker <ronnie.vd.c op ubuntu.com>
Cc: "jono.bacon op canonical.com" <jono.bacon op canonical.com>

Hi Ronnie,

Thank you for contacting us.

We want to support you in establishing your foundation, however, a special
license is required for this, and we are currently working on this. We will
need to have some further discussions in this regard.

If you need any more information, please contact our Community Manager, Jono
Bacon (cc'd here).

Kind regards,


On 17/07/11 22:43, Ronnie van den Crommenacker wrote:

Dear Canonical,

Ubuntu-NL has a question about the use of the trademark name 'Ubuntu' in the
name for the legal entity (a non profit foundation), we are establishing to
support our LoCo community in its endeavors.

The name we would like to use for the foundation is: "Stichting
Ondersteuning Ubuntu­-NL" freely translated to "Foundation to support

The reasons why Ubuntu-NL needs an legal entity, a non profit foundation:

   - In the Netherlands it is impossible to open a bank account without a
   legal entity. No bank account makes endeavors that involve money like
   organizing events, create promotion material, get sponsorship to buy cd's
   etc. quite hard to organize.
   - Sponsorship of a non profit foundation is very interesting for
   companies who then receive part of the sponsorship back as a result of
   special tax regulations in the Netherlands.
   - People organizing events need liability insurance. Without means
   Ubuntu-NL cannot provide any help for volunteers getting insured.
   - The communities goods are managed by a group of people instead of one
   - Ubuntu-NL needs to be a legal entity to be able to make contracts with
   other parties. For example to be able as a community to arrange website
   hosting. Without a legal entity such contracts need to be on the name of a
   single person what gives problems if this person wants to get rid of the
   contract etc.

We already have taken care of the
insurance policy, financials and the foundation board. All the

paperwork has been done. All we need is clearance about the name
of the foundation.
Since Canonical owns the Ubuntu trademark we need permission to use the term
Ubuntu in the name of the foundation: "Stichting Ondersteuning Ubuntu-NL"
(translated: Foundation to support Ubuntu-NL). Can you give our community
permission to use the term "Ubuntu" in this name of the foundation?

Kind regards,

Ronnie van den Crommenacker
Loco-contact of Ubuntu-NL

Kind regards

Michelle Surtees-Myers
Canonical Group Ltd

Ubuntu - Linux for human beings
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