This needs some explaining by Riccardo and the core team: Request for information regarding MONERO DISTRIBUTION CORPORATION and the trademark applications filed in its name

This needs some explaining by Riccardo and the core team: Request for information regarding MONERO DISTRIBUTION CORPORATION and the trademark applications filed in its name
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This needs some explaining by Riccardo and the core team: Request for information regarding MONERO DISTRIBUTION CORPORATION and the trademark applications filed in its name

      <p>It was recently pointed out that a Delaware corporation named MONERO DISTRIBUTION CORPORATION, formed 5 November 2021, has filed trademark applications for the Monero name and logo in both the United States and Europe.</p>

https://uspto.report/TM/97195058 https://uspto.report/TM/97195072 https://tmdb.eu/marke/EU-018718407::monero-monero-distribution-corporation.html

It is further stated that (certain members of) the Core Team control the entity and filed these trademark applications on behalf of the Core Team as a whole. This was apparently disclosed publicly in a chat room, but I can't find the logs, so I am requesting public confirmation of this. If this is in fact the case, I believe it is in the interest of the community to know the names of the directors of the corporation. This information can also be obtained through the Delaware Division of Corporations at some cost if it is not forthcoming.

I am personally dismayed that the Core team has taken this step, which I believe contradicts not only what many of us believe to be the purpose of the Core Team -- that is, to serve as stewards of the project, NOT the owners of its name and likeness -- but also the Core Team's own statements (quoted below):

The Core Team does NOT equal Monero. In the event that one, or all of the Core Team goes rogue, we are to remember that Monero is a movement. A global initiative to further privacy globally, and provide real, fungible, digital money for everyone. This can happen even without the presence of the Core Team.

We should now add an asterisk to this statement, clarifying that in the event that one or all of the Core Team goes rogue, we should pick a new name and logo for the project, because the old ones will be under their legal control indefinitely. I imagine the difficulties that the original Core Team would've had in taking the project away from thankful_for_today if he had trademarked it (surely in the name of "protecting the project" by preempting bad actors).

I request a clarification of this situation and I would also like to know why this move, which some of the most prominent ecosystem participants were unaware of, was made without any (to my knowledge) public announcement or discussion.

Thank you.