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Statement of Purpose

Haiku, Inc. is a New York State Not-for-Profit Organization founded in July of 2003 and is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) public charity. In a single sentence the purpose of Haiku, Inc. is to support the Haiku Project and to further the development of Haiku® through the use of its assets.

Copyright Holder

The copyright to source code written for the Project is frequently attributed to Haiku, Inc., although authors may chose to maintain their own copyright to the source code they write. Additional non-code items, such as graphical works of art, may have its copyright attributed to Haiku, Inc.

Owner of Trademarks

Haiku, Inc. owns the following (registered) trademarks: Haiku®, the HAIKU logo®, the HAIKU Background Leaf™, and the HAIKU Leaf™. As an open source project, the name and brand that is associated with the Project is vital to the Project's reputation and the sense of familiarity that end-users expect from the Software. Anyone is able to freely use the code that comprises Haiku, however the trademarks of Haiku cannot freely be used in the same liberal manner. See the trademark policy for more details on the trademarks and how they can be used. Information on the source code licenses used within Haiku's code is also available.

Manager of Funds

The financial goal of Haiku, Inc. is first to ensure a stable and quality presence on the internet. Currently the daily management of this task is assigned to the Haiku System Administrators (haiku-sysadmin mailing list). Based on their expertise and motivation, the Project is now hosted on an impressive dedicated server. For more details, see the infrastructure funded by Haiku, Inc.

Provided with additional funds, the next goals are to support the promotion and development of Haiku. We strive to reduce or elimate the costs of showcasing Haiku at conferences and to provide the people representing the Project with quality marketing equipment and materials, which may include projectors, banners, and flyers.

Purchasing hardware and other related development goods may occur on occassion. The hardware may be specifically for driver development purposes or to assist contributors with hardware failures. Other items may include documentation on new technologies and their specifications for implementation.

From time to time, developers will propose a contract for acquiring additional development time. It can be expected that only people known to the Project will receive serious consideration as contractors. Depending on the available funds, a specific fundraiser may be required to support a proposal.

Information on requesting funds is available.

Legal Entity

In addition to these key roles, the non-profit organization may represent the Project in other matters where a legal entity is required, such as the Google Summer of Code™ program.