This page is the skeleton of the certification mark usage license. Please refer to the discussion page for motivation, reasoning, and possible alternatives. The terms are currently written in English. We are in the process of translating the document into legalese.
2. Certification mark assignment
3. Certification image usage
Let's define a few simple terms that are useful in the context of this discussion.
Product: A caching product/solution/box being tested as a single proxy cache. A product includes software, hardware, network gear, etc. required for proxy operation. A product may include several caching units.
Official test: a test executed by the Measurement Factory officials during a public event (e.g., cache-off or public lab test) and accompanied by logs, branding information, price tag, and other records detailed enough to identify the product, understand the reported results, and to reproduce the test.
Certified product: a product that passed (by the corresponding event and workload rules) an official test.
Certified vendor: a vendor that offers at least one certified product.
|Similar products: Product A is similar to product B if the difference in price and measured performance is at most 15% for each reported raw quantitive measurement. The difference is calculated as the absolute value of the (b-a)/a ratio. In addition to the similarity in performance, the products should run similar software (same software name, same major release). Judgment calls may be necessary to determine whether two products are similar.|
These rules regulate the assignment of the certification mark.
A certified product can carry the certification mark.
|A certified vendor can use the
certification mark on any of their products that are similar
to a certified product of the same vendor.
Similarity can be established using either of the following alternatives, at vendor's option:
Both options may require judgment calls. A vendor can prevent TMF from investigating the compliance with the certification rules by immediately discontinuing the usage of the certification mark on the product in question. The fact that certification was removed may be made public by TMF.
|A certified vendor can use the certification mark in association with the vendor name, provided the usage does not imply that products not licensed to carry the certification mark do carry the mark (e.g., a company advertisement can use the certification mark if the ad does not refer to specific product(s)).|
Any other use of the certification mark is prohibited.
The Measurement Factory has the right to terminate this license at TMF's sole discretion. A certified vendor has the right to terminate this license at vendor's sole discretion. All uses of the certification mark by the vendor must cease immediately upon termination of the license.
To use a certification mark on a product, the certified vendor must send a signed license to the Measurement Factory. The license is to include product details as would be required for an official test. Either option (2a) or option (2b) must be chosen. The notification information may be made public by TMF. TMF to maintain a public database of products carrying the certification mark and official results.
Certification mark may include tags that match the image with the product(s) in the TMF database.
The rules below deal with the usage of the certification image itself. These are basic rules to prevent accidental or purposeful image distortion.
The image is copyrighted by The Measurement Factory.
If image contains product-specific tags, those tags must be preserved in all image copies. The image must not be applied to products that do not match the tag on an image.
The image may be used in web pages describing the certified product. When used in a Web page, the image must be surrounded by an HTML anchor such that following the link takes the reader to TMF results page. For example:
<a href="http://www.measurement-factory.com/results/"> <img src="PolyMix-3-cert.png"></a>
The image may be reproduced on printed marketing material. The image must not be modified, distorted, or otherwise look significantly different than the original.
The image can be used on ``stickers'' attached to the certified product. The Measurement Factory will offer high quality stickers to interested vendors ``at cost''. Creation of stickers, logos, and similar hard copies of an image requires explicit permission from the Measurement Factory.