+1 here too with Bryce's reasoning.
On Aug 17, 2013 6:30 AM, "Ted Gould" <ted@...1...> wrote:
On Fri, 2013-08-16 at 17:14 -0700, Bryce Harrington wrote:
On Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 03:24:55PM -0400, Tony Sebro wrote:> > On Wed, 2013-08-14
at 16:24 -0400, Tony Sebro wrote:> >>TL,DR: Please vote on whether to allow
LibreTees to print and sell> >>T-shirts and other promotional material items for
Inkscape, where a> >>portion of the proceeds gets donated back to Inkscape (or a
project or> >>charity of Inkscape's choosing).> > On 08/16/2013 05:30
AM, Tavmjong Bah wrote:> >> > I don't have any problems with this. What do
others think?> >> > Tav> > Thanks, Tav. Does anyone else want to weigh
Googling inkscape t-shirts shows some existing products out there:
Based on a look at libretees.com's kickstarter page, I like that their
motivation sounds more aligned with improving marketing of FOSS
projects, rather than merely cashing in. Thus I would vote to approve.
It would make my decision easier if we could see the design first,
although I know this gets to be a chicken-and-egg problem (why fund
making a design, if they don't know whether or not we'll approve it).
However, I would hope to see two things in their design:
1. Nothing offensive. Obviously.
2. High calibre design. Inkscape is a drawing tool, and will be
judged based on the design quality of the advertisement.
But I don't think it's necessary to condition my vote based on these; I
think their effort's success or failure will already be dependent on
achieving both goals. So +1 from me.
> Best,> -Tony> > >>Longer version:> >>Hi, all.>
>>> >>Earlier this week, I was approached by Jared Contrascere of
LibreTees> >>(www.libretees.com), a start-up for-profit company that plans to>
>>design, print, and market t-shirts and stickers bearing the names and>
>>logos of various leading FLOSS projects. They're interested in>
>>creating t-shirts for the Inkscape project.> >>> >>Bear in mind
that, under the newly-ratified (but as of now> >>unpublished) TM policy,
LibreTees would be able to create and sell> >>merchandise bearing the Inkscape
name and logo without additional> >>permission, *provided* that they were only
using unmodified graphics> >>from Inkscape.com
. As you can see from the link,
LibreTees tends to> >>create modified versions of project logos in their
designs.> >>> >>Jared has sent an official request to create promotional
materials for> >>Inkscape; I've attached it below. He's also been in
touch with Jon> >>from Inkscape's Press Relations team. In addition, I spoke
to him by> >>phone today, and can add the following info:> >>>
>>• target retail price for the shirts: undecided, but likely $12.50 to>
>>$15 USD.> >>• Once the official website launches, Libretees.com
into an> >>e-retailer site selling t-shirts with designs for multiple FLOSS>
>>projects.> >>• Some portion (yet to be determined) will be donated back
to the> >>project or to a charity of the project's choosing.> >>•
They're looking to find a t-shirt manufacture that doesn't use>
>>sweatshop labor> >>• conservative target date for first printing:
November 2013> >>> >>Open question: I don't know if they plan to
release any t-shirt> >>design under a Creative Commons license.> >>>
>>Based on the above, I ask the Inkscape Committee to please vote to>
>>approve Libretee's request to approve the creation of Inkscape>
>>promotional materials.> >>> >>If you have any questions or need
any additional information, please> >>let me know.> >>>
>>Best,> >>-Tony> >>> >>-------- Original Message
--------> >>Tony,> >>> >>I'm with LibreTees, a
recently-launched project that promotes> >>free/open software through consumer
and commodity activism. This is> >>similar to the idea behind (RED) products
being sold to help fight> >>AIDS, or people buying a Toyota Prius to encourage a
lesser negative> >>impact on the environment.> >>> >>We want to
sell t-shirts in one place on the Internet that promotes> >>and benefits the
free/open source community. In addition to that, we> >>want to contribute funds
back to these projects to cover hosting fees> >>and other project-related costs.
Further, we want to have a positive> >>impact on our local community here in
Washington, DC.> >>> >>We currently have a Kickstarter campaign in
progress, and we are very> >>interested in producing an Inkscape shirt for
display and sale on our> >>Kickstarter site. This campaign can currently be
viewed> >>at www.libretees.com.>
>>> >>Please let me know if
we could have permission to create promotional> >>wear/materials for the Inkscape
project. If you have any questions for> >>me, please let me know!>
>>> >>Best,> >>Jared> >>> >>-- >
>>Jared N. Contrascere> >>President :: LibreTees, LLC> >>Phone -
(703) 599-6233> >>> >>> >>>
>>Message sent via Atmail Open - http://atmail.org/>
>> > > -- > Tony Sebro, General Counsel, Software Freedom Conservancy>
+1-212-461-3245 x11> tony@...41...> www.sfconservancy.org
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