GPL/Trademark primer proposal

UPDATE: It would appear this primar already exists, and already covers things that this proposal was going to manage, so please ignore this.

As more and more people become aware of WordPress and the GPL, it would be useful that the often difficult to understand legal terms of the open source license be documented in some form of GPL/Trademark primer.

primer (n) an elementary textbook that serves as an introduction to a subject of study or is used for teaching.

(I mostly posted the above because I had to look it up myself)

This was highlighted even more to me in a discussion about a WordCamp sponsor request between myself and @kristiano, where he raised the idea of a GPL/Trademark primer. As I see it the primer would serve multiple purposes, but the two that stand out the most are

  • as a way to better educate those new to the GPL
  • as a tool to be used by meetup/WordCamp vetting processes to confirm 100% GPL compliance

At the moment we have the 100% GPL Vetting checklist, this would probably serve as a companion document to that, and it might even be useful to link to sections of the primer at each step in the checklist.

I’d be happy to start writing such a document but I will need some assistance from my more experienced community members. It would also be useful to have a discussion around what format it should be in and where best to keep this primer.

Comments/suggestions/questions welcome.