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From Donald Whytock <>
Subject Re: New Product and collaboration
Date Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:36:16 GMT
On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM, Hans Langsholt <> wrote:

> I have a Product idea and are looking for partners and affiliates.
> I have a idea of a webservice which could benefit the OpenOffice Product
> also indirctly if it get a succes. I am looking for different partners to
> show investors that the product is something that really can be a hit.
> Without say With it is without a NDA I can say this:
> - Service is free for users.
> - Companies (not just webcompanies) will pay to use the service, this to
> offer customers this needed service.
> - Without developed a real Income model reveneau can be made from ads, and
> sales from webshops that has deals With.
> What can the Collaboration be:
> - Shares in Return for developement
> - Exchange of "ads" by using open Office as one of the providers of Reading
> the products offeres or other.
> - Develope the product togheter.
> Bottomline is there any possibility of some type of Collaboration?
> kindly regards
> Hans j Langsholt

The answer to this, I believe, is lengthy and involved, but amounts to
several flavors of "no".

Apache OpenOffice currently belongs to the Apache Software Foundation, a
non-profit corporation.  It has no shares to trade, and I don't believe
it's equipped to deal with shares of stock given it.

Apache sites don't run ads, and don't host them.

Development on Apache OpenOffice is done by volunteers, who do work on the
project on an unpaid basis, presumably in conjunction with holding other
jobs.  There are no employees, therefore there are no employees to task
with working on outside projects.  For this reason, Apache can't be "hired"
to do work.

I doubt the Apache OpenOffice project can even give any sort of
recommendation or endorsement regarding your project, as the project
doesn't even give recommendation or endorsement of endeavors directly tied
to the project in the interests of fairness and objectiveness.

All that being said, Apache volunteers aren't bound to any sort of
exclusivity, and can partner with you as they please in your endeavor.
 They just can't do it in the name of the Apache Foundation.


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