[Marketing] Soft release - Sugar Labs swag available - contributions welcome

Tim McNamara paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz
Thu Oct 28 15:05:10 EDT 2010

Hi Walter,

This makes a lot of sense. It's something that I've argued for, but have
failed to gain significant traction.[1]

Legally, we don't even need to incorporate. An unincorporated society has a
legal status here. However, property can only be owned jointly by its
members, similar to how things work with trusts.

We'll face difficulties, because most forms of legal ownership require an
AGM - which is hard for a distributed group. I can check whether
teleconferences/IRC counts. My personal preference is to create a company
that has a charitable constitution, e.g. its directors are not entitled to
personal gain and its distributions need to be for beneficiaries. Why not a
trust? That would involve paying for a trustee. Also, NZ's Sugar Labs
members tend to do a lot of trading. Where trading means advising schools,
parents etc. My guess is that if they make a purchase decision after that
advice, is probably classed as trading in a legalistic sense.

I think it may be best to postpone this until Dec when my plate will be a
little clearer.


[1] http://lists.laptop.org/pipermail/olpc-nz/2010-July/000707.html

On 29 October 2010 01:52, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 7:34 PM, Tim McNamara
> <paperless at timmcnamara.co.nz> wrote:
> > I've been testing out Zazzle.com as a platform to produce and
> > distribute Sugar Labs swag: http://zazzle.com/sugarlabs.
> >
> > I welcome contributions of more interesting designs before news of the
> > site becomes general knowledge.  If you would like to add your
> > thoughts, please feel free to contact me directly and I we can
> > discuss. At this stage, I will be collecting commission made to
> > support the efforts of the NZ volunteers.
> I think it would be best if the NZ volunteers apply to create a local
> Sugar Lab in order to make it all a bit more kosher re use of the
> trademark.
> -walter
> --
> Walter Bender
> Sugar Labs
> http://www.sugarlabs.org
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