[cabfpub] Draft Ballot 116 - Bylaw Amendment for Associate Member Category

Ben Wilson ben at digicert.com
Mon Mar 3 17:34:09 UTC 2014

Here is the redline version.


From: Ryan Sleevi [mailto:sleevi at google.com] 
Sent: Friday, February 28, 2014 2:01 PM
To: Ben Wilson
Subject: Re: [cabfpub] Draft Ballot 116 - Bylaw Amendment for Associate Member Category


Do you have a red-line version


On Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:40 PM, Ben Wilson <ben at digicert.com> wrote:

As discussed at the recent face-to-face meeting, one approach to amending the bylaws might be to address each issue separately, starting with the Associate Membership category.  So here is a draft Ballot 116 – “Bylaw Amendment for Associate Member Category”:


1.       In the first sentence of section 1.3, add “Associate Members” so that the sentence reads, “Forum Members, Associate Members, and Interested Parties must comply with the then-current IPR policy and all applicable antitrust laws and regulations during their Forum activities.”


2.       Add a new subsection 3.1 to Section 3 titled “Associate Members” (and renumber subsequent subsections to subsections 3.2 and 3.3 accordingly) such that the new subsection 3.1 Associate Members reads, “The Forum may enter into associate member relationships with other organizations when the CA/Browser Forum determines that maintaining such a relationship will be of benefit to the work of the Forum.  In the past, entities qualifying as Associate Members have included the AICPA/CICA WebTrust Task Force, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Paypal, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, tScheme, the U.S. Federal PKI, and CAs applying for membership but awaiting full qualification under Section 2.1.  Participation as an Associate Member is by invitation only.  In order to become an Associate Member, an organization must sign a mutual letter of intent, understanding, or other agreement and the Forum’s IPR Agreement, unless this latter requirement is waived in writing by the Forum based on overriding policies of the prospective Associate Member’s own organization IPR rules.  Associate Members may attend face-to-face meetings, communicate with Forum Members on member lists, and access Forum wiki content.  Associate Members are not entitled to vote except on special straw polls of the Forum (e.g. when selecting meeting dates, locations, etc.)”


3.       In the first sentence of section 5.4, add “and Associate Members” so that the sentence reads, “From time to time the Forum will hold Forum Teleconferences and Forum Meetings among the Members and Associate Members, who may participate in person or (where feasible) by teleconference.”




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