Agreement between chapters and Wikimedia Foundation

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Preamble

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is an international non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge.

Wikimedia chapters are independent organizations, which operate in a specific geographical region and support the aims of the Wikimedia Foundation. This agreement constitutes the formal recognition of this independent organization as a Wikimedia Chapter and defines the rights and obligations of both the Wikimedia Foundation and the Wikimedia Chapter.

1. Mission

The Chapter and the Foundation shall seek to mutually support the activities each of the other. The declared goals of the Chapter and those of the Wikimedia Foundation must not be in opposition.

2. Name

Irrespective of their locally incorporated names, the chapter is authorized to assume and operate under the title "Wikimedia [locale]" for all operations as a Wikimedia chapter.

3. Geographic limits

This Chapter is authorized to cover the geographic region of [locale]. The Foundation will not seek to create or authorize the creation of any additional chapter within this geographic region without consulting with the Chapter.

4. Wikimedia logos and trademarks

  • 4.1. The Wikimedia Foundation seeks to protect its interest in its trade and business marks in addition to ensuring that its good reputation is not tarnished by the improper use of those marks.
  • 4.2. The Chapter is obliged to utilize the Wikimedia logo and name in all their related activities and is hereby authorized to do so by the Foundation.
  • 4.3. Where necessary to disambiguate, a logo depicting the name of the Chapter (localized logo) may be used. Any such logo must be approved in advance by the Foundation.
  • 4.4. The Chapter will respect the Wikimedia visual identity guidelines, of which a copy (appendix 1) is joined to this contract.
  • 4.5. The use of the Wikimedia logo and localized logo by the Chapter shall be free of any payment or royalties.
  • 4.6. The Chapter will as far as possible ensure that use of the logo and trademark does not create confusion with use by the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • 4.7. Commercial use of the Wikimedia name, logo, or localized logo shall be subject to the terms of a separate trademark agreement between the two parties.

5. Other logos and trademarks

  • 5.1. The Foundation owns, controls and uses many additional marks. These marks may be listed in an appendix of this contract and may vary from time to time.
  • 5.2. The Foundation hereby authorizes the Chapter to utilize these additional marks noncommercially free of any payment or royalties, solely for their own use in publicity, fundraising, media relations and management.
  • 5.3. Commercial use of these additional marks by the Chapter shall be subject to the terms of a separate trademark agreement between the two parties.

6. Conduct

  • 6.1 The Chapter shall seek to ensure in all dealings that it does not appear to speak for or act for the Foundation except insofar as may be agreed upon with the Foundation. The Foundation shall not speak or act on behalf of the Chapter except insofar as may be agreed upon with the Chapter.
  • 6.2 The Chapter agrees to support the activities of the Foundation so far as it is permitted to do so and to refrain from (a) engaging in any illegal activity; (b) engaging in any social or political activism which might distract from the promoting of free content and knowledge; and (c) engaging in any activity that might negatively impact the work or image of the Wikimedia Foundation.
  • 6.3 The Foundation agrees to support the activities of the Chapter and to not engage in any activity that might negatively impact the work or image of the Chapter.
  • 6.4 The Chapter shall not have the authority to create, modify or terminate any contractual relationship(s) between the Foundation and any third party.
  • 6.5 The Chapter shall not have the authority to enter into any legal transaction(s) on behalf of the Foundation.
  • 6.6 Any act of the Chapter on behalf of the Foundation which may be regarded as over and above the duties and responsibilities as provided in this Agreement, shall be deemed to be unauthorized, and the Chapter shall be solely liable for the same.
  • 6.7 Notwithstanding that a desired result is expected from the Chapter as per this Agreement, the Chapter is not subject to the direct control or supervision by the Foundation.
  • 6.8The Chapter shall have no responsibility for the content that appears on sites owned or controlled by WMF, nor does the Chapter have any authority to change content or commit to third parties to change content in any such website.


7. Bylaws

  • 7.1. The Chapter shall supply to the Foundation a copy of its bylaws and or incorporation documents together with a certified translation into English if not already in that language.
  • 7.2. The Chapter shall be required to advise the Foundation of any planned or actual change in the bylaws or status of the Chapter that might affect the Foundation or the continued existence or effectiveness of this contract.
  • 7.3. The Foundation shall be required to advise the Chapter of any planned or actual change in the bylaws or status of the Foundation that might affect the Chapter or the continued existence or effectiveness of this contract.

8. Activity report

  • 8.1. The chapter shall supply a written activity and financial report in English at least once a year to the Foundation, within four months of each chapter year end.
  • 8.2. The Foundation shall supply a written activity and financial report from the Foundation Board in English to the Chapter within four months of each Wikimedia Foundation year end.

9. Duration and revocation

The term of this agreement is one year and is automatically renewed unless either party gives notice three months in advance. Notice of revocation needs to be made in writing and given to the other party. Upon termination of this agreement, the chapter will cease to be recognized.

10. Applicable Law and venue

This agreement is subject to the laws of the United States of America and the State of California, without regard to conflict of law rules. The Foundation and Chapter agree that in the event of litigation, venue shall be proper only in the courts of competent jurisdiction for San Francisco County, California. The Foundation and Chapter agree to be subject to the jurisdiction of said courts for purposes of any action brought pursuant to this agreement.

11. Relationship

The parties agree that the Chapter’s relationship with the Foundation shall be that of two independent organizations in furtherance of common goals of the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and not that of an agent.

12. Mandatory Mediation

Prior to the commencement of any lawsuit, both parties agree to a mandatory mediation process, to be conducted in person before a certified mediator agreed by the parties. Upon completion of good faith mediation and certification of an impasse by the mediator, either party may bring suit no sooner than 30 days following the certification of impasse.

13.Severability

If one or more provisions of this Agreement are held to be unenforceable under applicable law, the parties agree to renegotiate such provision in good faith. In the event that the parties cannot reach a mutually agreeable and enforceable replacement for such provision, then (i) such provision shall be excluded from this Agreement, (ii) the balance of the Agreement shall be interpreted as if such provision were so excluded and (iii) the balance of the Agreement shall be enforceable in accordance with its terms.