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Members Agreement

The OpenAjax Alliance Members Agreement can be found at:


Overview presentation

A 4-slide overview of the Members Agreement can be found at:


Instructions for signing the Members Agreement

See Members Agreement Instructions


What each member organization must do

Everyone needs to sign before the October 5-6 meeting

The "Short Version": here is what you need to do before the October 5-6 meeting

If you don't want to read through all of the details, here is a simple list of things you need to do:

  1. Print out the Members Agreement at (http://www.openajaxalliance.org/member/wiki/index.php?title=Members_Agreement)
  2. Review and sign, following instructions at (http://www.openajaxalliance.org/member/wiki/index.php?title=Members_Agreement_Instructions)
  3. Schedule travel to attend our next face-to-face meeting on October 5/6 somewhere in Silicon Valley, where you will vote for the Steering Committee
  4. In the meantime, continue to attend committee meetings and continue to contribute to the alliance

For a more detailed version of what is going on and what you need to do, read the following sections.

Detailed explanation of what is happening

The Members Agreement formalizes OpenAjax Alliance as a lightweight organization consisting of its members working together towards a shared purpose. Your organization must sign this Members Agreement by October 5 in order to participate in further work at the Alliance so that we all are operating under the same approach to intellectual property.

Note that according to the Members Agreement, the Alliance will have a governing group of individuals, the Steering Committee, which will be elected by the vote of the Members (one vote per member organization).

This Members Agreement has gone through a detailed review process among a subset of existing member organizations. The following organizations were asked to have their business managers and legal counsel review the Agreement: Adobe, Dojo Foundation, Eclipse Foundation, Google, IBM, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla Corporation, Yahoo!, Zend, and Zimbra. As expected, not all of these companies were able to complete their review and signature processes by the tight deadline we had set, but all of these organizations made great efforts to provide as much feedback as possible within the given time. We are grateful for their efforts.

Among the ten companies who were part of the review process, the following 6 companies completed their review and signed the Members Agreement: Eclipse Foundation, IBM, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla Corporation, Zend, and Zimbra. These 6 organizations represent the initial membership of the new, formally-defined OpenAjax Alliance, and, as specified in the Members Agreement, until the initial Steering Committee is formed, the initial Members direct the affairs of the Alliance on an interim basis.

All other member organizations (i.e., beyond this original 6) must sign the Members Agreement and send the signed agreement to me. To keep the bootstrapping process as simple as possible, the current plan is that all of the Members Agreements from the other member organizations (i.e., beyond the original 6) will be held until the next face-to-face meeting (see below) and then formally accepted in a batch by the 6 original companies before the start of the Oct 5-6 meeting.

Possible Changes to the Members Agreement

We hope that the Members Agreement is acceptable to everyone as is. However, it is possible that some members will give feedback on the agreement stating that they require specific modifications before they can sign. For any such changes to be included in a revised version of the Members Agreement, those changes must be approved by the 6 companies that were the first companies to sign the Agreement (i.e., Eclipse Foundation, IBM, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla Corporation, Zend, and Zimbra) and then all organizations will have to sign (or re-sign) the revised Members Agreement.

There is a separate wiki page that captures discussion of major questions, concerns, and any changes (if any) that members are requesting: Members Agreement Discussion.

Current status as of 25 August 2006

As of 25 August 2006, the following six companies have signed the Members Agreement:

  • IBM
  • Mozilla Corporation
  • Eclipse Foundation
  • Laszlo Systems
  • Zend
  • Zimbra

As a result of their signing the Members Agreement, the Members Agreement has become a legally binding document among the above companies.


Other companies that have signed the Agreement

(Because the vast majority of companies signed the agreement in a flurry just before the events in early October, 2006, particularly the Steering Committee election and face-to-face meeting, this section of this wiki page did not prove useful, so it wasn't kept up to date. The majority of participating companies succeeded in signing the Members Agreement in time for the election, and most of the signatures happened within the last week before the deadlines. The list of companies that have signed the agreement will be available elsewhere. For example, the Members page at some point will be updated to show which companies are official Members.)


Q&A sessions

Q&A sessions on the Members Agreement are scheduled as follows:

  • Wednesday, 6 Sept, 10:30am-12:00pm California, 1:30pm-3:00pm New York, 7:30pm-9:00pm Paris
  • Monday, 11 Sept, 8:00am-9:30am California, 11:00am-12:30pm New York, 5:00pm-6:30pm Paris

For both sessions:

  • Phone number: 1-888-227-9220
  • Participant passcode: 871757

Minutes from the two sessions, combined into one set of notes, can be found at:

Other questions

Any questions about the Members Agreement can be directed to Jon Ferraiolo ([1]).

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