[cabfpub] Ballot 116 - Bylaw Amendment for Associate Member Category
ben at digicert.com
Tue Mar 18 04:27:21 UTC 2014
DigiCert votes yes.
From: Ben Wilson [mailto:ben at digicert.com]
Sent: Sunday, March 09, 2014 2:13 PM
To: public at cabforum.org
Subject: Ballot 116 - Bylaw Amendment for Associate Member Category
Ballot 116 - Associate Member Category
Ben Wilson of DigiCert made the following motion, and Dean Coclin from
Symantec and Ryan Sleevi from Google endorsed it:
In order to reconcile the CA/Browser Forum's Bylaws with its current
operational practices, including the recognition of Associate Members and
the use of a single IPR Agreement with Interested Parties and the absence of
a Participation Agreement, the following amendments should be made to the
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 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 renumbered Section 3.2 Interested Parties,
Replace the first sentence by DELETING "Any person or entity that wishes to
participate in the Forum as an Interested Party may do so by completing an
enrollment form and Participation Agreement (completed and submitted
manually or online) including name, affiliation (optional), and contact
information, and by agreeing to the IPR Agreement attached as Exhibit B
(indicating agreement by manual signing or a click-through agreement)." and
INSERTING "Any person or entity that wishes to participate in the Forum as
an Interested Party may do so by providing their name, affiliation
(optional), and contact information, and by agreeing to the IPR Agreement
attached as Exhibit A (indicating agreement by manual signing or digitally
signing the agreement)."
Replace the word "Participation" in the last sentence with the word "IPR" so
that the sentence reads, "Interested Parties are required to comply with the
provisions of the IPR Agreement and these Bylaws. Interested Parties may
lose their status as Interested Parties by vote of the Members, in the
Members' sole discretion."
4. 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
5. Replace the last sentence in Section 5.5 by DELETING "As a
requirement for participation as an Interested Party, Interested Parties
must execute and return to the Chair (or indicate their agreement by
clicking through an online agreement) the IPR Agreement attached as Exhibit
B." and INSERTING "As a requirement for participation as an Associate Member
or Interested Party, Associate Members and Interested Parties must execute
and return to the Chair the IPR Agreement attached as Exhibit A."
6. In the Definitions section, DELETE "Participation Agreement:
An agreement that individuals or entities must agree to in order to
participate in the Forum as Interested Parties. The current form of
Participation Agreement is attached as Exhibit D."
7. Remove Exhibits B and D and rename and renumber references to
the Exhibits throughout as follows: Exhibit A - IPR Agreement and Exhibit B
- Project Lifecycle.
The review period for this ballot shall commence at 2200 UTC on Monday, 10
March 2014, and will close at 2200 UTC on Monday, 17 March 2014. Unless the
motion is withdrawn during the review period, the voting period will start
immediately thereafter and will close at 2200 UTC on Monday, 24 March 2014.
Votes must be cast by posting an on-list reply to this thread.
A vote in favor of the motion must indicate a clear 'yes' in the response. A
vote against must indicate a clear 'no' in the response. A vote to abstain
must indicate a clear 'abstain' in the response. Unclear responses will not
be counted. The latest vote received from any representative of a voting
member before the close of the voting period will be counted. Voting members
are listed here: <https://cabforum.org/members/>
In order for the motion to be adopted, two thirds or more of the votes cast
by members in the CA category and greater than 50% of the votes cast by
members in the browser category must be in favor. Also, at least six members
must participate in the ballot, either by voting in favor, voting against,
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