PLEASE NOTE ValuePickr (words, logo, byline) is a TRADEMARK under Registration
As a community we are pretty tolerant and usually do not need to intervene. The spontaneous sprouting of city/region based groups is a natural extension of a continuous learning organisation. We welcomed it
We liked the way some groups went about it with sustained purpose, and did the right things, starting with respecting Intellectual Property including Brand Names/Logos/Usage. And we hoped the other groups will learn from the best examples of such groups - setting some concrete agenda, discussion & time management, more importantly - managing privacy (contact numbers, email ids and the like) issues well.
Time has come to set some Norms, as we see some folks violating legal obligations, and might (unwittingly?) drag ValuePickr (the Brand) into disrepute, and at worst masquerade/misuse the ValuePickr identity - and drag unsuspecting folks into “unmonitorable” activities.
Please watch this space for important Updates.
Senior VP Members are all busy preparing for/attending AGMs - but we will come up with concrete measures to enable and support spontaneous-genuine learning activities under Brand-ValuePickr Umbrella
And Request/Discourage/Take Legal Recourse to prevent unauthorised misrepresentation of Brand ValuePickr - to uphold the TRUST & CREDIBILITY - that comes associated. More importantly, we need to ensure the Win-Win open-source Investing Collaboration model pioneered by VP thrives, adapts, multiplies!!