Well we are already seeing people in certan locations producing joomla merchandise with no "cut" going to the project.
So you make sure the people doing merch actually do provide some benefit to the project. It shouldn't be too hard to include that in the revised licence, now should it ?
See, even with the gate fully shut in terms of licencing, you've got licence abuse. You've also told me that we have a problem with donations and revenue. Obviously therefore we need some form of restructing of the business model in order to increase cashflow and maintain control over the logo in some form or other.
UG's are a way of capturing "customers" within the open source community. They should form part of the J! revenue stream, as the UG's need to survive somehow (independently of the cash flow of J! / OSM), need to pay for rooms, marketing and so on to meet.. and need to more than break even.
The logo is part of this. Without the logo, user groups are starved of a way of informing the community around them: "Hey, we're your local Joomla! outfit. Come join us to talk about websites and design. Come meet developers and designers who you can work with in your local community to deliver your websites", since they have no marketing materials due to the licence not allowing them to create marketing materials. And without that information stream locally, nothing may happen to get those UG's off the ground. At no point should a UG have to raid the main J! coffers to start or survive in the local community.
You can then potentially get J! subcultures with their own merch:
- DJJ! - DJs who use J!
- J! Women
- J! CSS Samurai
- J! Usability Ninjas
Considering we have officially 70,000+ people inside the official forums, that's a lot of different demographics... and a lot of potential revenue streams. By making UG's a revenue stream, you then help finance against licence abuse since part of the profits goes to J!.
I may raise this with Brad when we meet on the 23rd as well.
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