What is a Bioregional Collective Trust?

Bioregional Collective Trusts safeguard assets and resources for not only a bioregional area, but also for a bioregional movement. Since governments and corporations were not created to manage ecosystems or steward resources in a fair, equitable and open manner, it is our job to safely steward bioregional resources, according to our principles and values, in a way that protects them within a capitalistic and exploitative world, and make sure they are not appropriated, misused or harmed, all while stewarding them and keeping them available to use for the members of those communities and movements. What is generally missing is the input of the people who use these commons. They have the unique expertise, cultural understanding and long-term incentives for effective resource supervision. This is why local and regional participation in the care and allocation of transboundary commons is now becoming a crucial factor in decisions on the governance.

The purpose of a bioregional trust is to safeguard a resource for future generations. Just as some communities across the world have become adept at preserving, creating and replenishing their local commons, bioregional trusts can also apply the principles of subsidiarity, polycentricity and inclusive decision-making to the protection and production of resources that are shared on a broader scale. In addition, a bioregional trust may generate funds which could be used for ecological restoration as well as a basic income for the people of a region.

Licensing Information

The Cascadia Commons 1.0 License was created by the Bioregional Collective Trust and Alexander Baretich as a way to safeguard the Cascadia Flag from misuse and exploitation, while keeping it free and open for the supporters and members of the Cascadia movement.

The Cascadia Flag is free to use for personal, educational, non-profit and non-commercial use as long as the terms of use of the Cascadia Commons License are respected. Any group or individual that wishes to manufacture, distribute or advertise a product or service bearing the Cascadia Flag or Douglas Fir Tree must obtain permission by filling out our application form, agreeing to the terms of service, and receiving approval.

Attribution should be used as: Cascadia Commons License 1.0. Used with permission of Alexander Baretich and Bioregional Collective Trust.

The Cascadia Flag, Tree and other identifiable marks are legally recognized intellectual property protected by United States trademark laws.

Who needs to become licensed?

Any group or individual that wish to trade on the goodwill associated with the Cascadia Flag or Movement marks, use it in a public manner or benefit commercially from utilization of those marks must become licensed in order to do so.

A license involves signing an agreement (contract) with the trademark owner(s) in which the licensee (vendor) agrees to comply with various provisions. The following is a summary highlighting the main provisions contained within the License Agreement for each of our clients:

License

The trademark owner grants non-exclusive licenses for the use of its marks.

Quality Standards

Licensee must agree to make their products within the Cascadia bioregion using ethical labor practices and sustainable environmental standards unless express permission is granted. Licensee also must agree to respect minimum pricing standards that are established by the Cascadia Bioregional Trust.

Royalties

Commercial Licensees over a certain size agrees to pay a royalty, based on the gross sale of the product or service, for all licensed products sold by licensee. The royalty rate is set by the trademark owner and may vary from client to client.

Where Do the Royalties Go?

Royalties are split evenly between Alexander Baretich and the Cascadia Flag Cooperative Inc, and the Department of Bioregion, which maintains the Bioregional Collective Trust, and which maintains a legal defense fund for protecting the flag and other bioregional symbols from misuse.

Reporting

Licensee must report sales and pay royalties on a quarterly basis (within thirty (30) days of September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 30).

Term

One year agreement, automatically renewing each year unless terminated by either party.

Termination

The organization(s) can terminate upon written notice if licensee fails to observe the terms of the agreement.

Insurance

Licensee must maintain a $1 million comprehensive general and product liability insurance policy naming “Affinity Licensing’s clients” as additional insured.

Prior to executing any agreement, the licensee should read it carefully as the above outlines only major terms under the agreement.

Once a potential licensee remits a application per organization with whom they would like to become licensed, the application is considered “submitted” and we will begin our review procedure.