We kicked this around internally at Freedom of the Press Foundation a bit, and I wanted to give a quick update on the organization’s view vis-a-vis the “SecureDrop” mark and its use in community fundraising like the Liberapay fundraiser:
- We do consider SecureDrop to be a protected name currently stewarded by Freedom of the Press Foundation.
- In future, that stewardship could potentially be transferred to a neutral third party, such as an organization specifically set up for SecureDrop governance, or an established free software/open source organization that could play this role.
- Regardless, we strongly support reasonable community use of the mark (wordmark + logo), including for fundraising that supports volunteer efforts. We intend to develop permissive trademark guidelines that reflect this, similar to Tor’s trademark guidelines. Our main goal is to avoid confusion, especially given the importance of our public security commitments.
- Regarding the Liberapay fundraiser, we suggest that the phrase “SecureDrop Community” be used consistently to disambiguate this from FPF’s own fundraising efforts, along with the securedrop.club branding that is already in place. That suggestion is meant as a “working agreement” to help donors understand the difference, and we can revisit it in future.
Let me know if that makes sense - happy to discuss further! In answer to your point, Loic, I do really like the funding process and guidelines you’re developing. I don’t see a reason why FPF couldn’t be doing more to offset volunteer expenses, as well, by participating through the Liberapay pool, or by other means.