XBMC is a fairly expensive operation to maintain, and as such, we are always happy to welcome new sponsors to the fold, as additional sponsorships tend to make it easier to further development and spread the word. Donations are used solely for purchasing hardware, to improve and extend XBMC, travel for conferences, operational costs and administrative/legal costs and fees. The "XBMC Foundation" is the non-profit organization that operates and endorses the Kodi project, and is registered in the US. To become a XBMC Foundation sponsor, any organization may simply contact the XBMC Foundation at contact (at) xbmc dot org.
With that said, the XBMC Foundation remains a non-profit organization, and as such, we would like very much to combine simple financial growth with definite software and community growth. Keeping that in mind, we ask that all potential sponsors answer the following brief questions in their contact email:
1. In a paragraph, could you tell us a bit about your organization? 2. Why would you like to become an XBMC Foundation sponsor? 3. What efforts have you made, if any, to advance Open Source Software generally and XBMC specifically? 4. What level of XBMC Sponsorship are you interested in?
2 Becoming an XBMC Sponsor
Sponsorship can come in many forms. - Promoting the usage our product by displaying it at conventions - Providing needed hardware to develop on, expand current possibilities or support new platforms. - Donating a certain amount of funds to help maintain our current goals.
We also provide the option for companies to become official sponsors (see the sponsors banner on our front page). In addition to the satisfaction of helping the open-source community, sponsors are entitled to some special perks as well. We strongly encourage anyone using XBMC as part of their business model to sponsor us in some way, though you are welcome to keep the details private if you wish.
Please understand that we cannot give legal advice regarding your possible implementation of our software. Multimedia licensing/copyrights/patents are very tricky, please contact a software attorney for help with these questions.
If you would like to discuss these aspects in more depth, please contact us so we can possibly work out any possible details.
Contact us at interest (at) xbmc dot org
3 Sponsorship Levels
3.1 DevCon Sponsor
Each year, Team XBMC hosts a single Developers Conference sometime in early fall, typically in September. Each year we are happy to accept a single DevCon Sponsor to help defray the costs of the Conference. The DevCon sponsor will have its name included on all DevCon t-shirts, including any DevCon t-shirts the organization determines to sell to the general public. The DevCon sponsor will also have its name included in any Conference banners and the Conference and next Beta 1 blog posts. Finally, the DevCon Sponsor will receive all the perks of being a Diamond Sponsor.
The cost of the DevCon Sponsorship is negotiable.
3.2 Diamond Sponsor
All Diamond Sponsors will be listed alphabetically on the sponsorship page along with their logo, as well as having two links on the front page of the XBMC blog, at least one of which will be above the “fold.” All Diamond Sponsors may refer to themselves as an “XBMC Foundation Sponsor” or simply as an “Kodi Sponsor.” Diamond Sponsors are invited to come speak to the Team at the yearly DevCon at their expense.
A yearly Diamond Sponsorship costs $10,000, a portion of which may be donated as services (particularly services critical to the development or maintenance of Kodi) at the behest of the Foundation Board of Directors.
3.3 Gold Sponsor
All Gold Sponsors will be linked in text on the sponsorship page. All Gold Sponsors may refer to themselves in press as an “XBMC Foundation Sponsor” or simply as an “Kodi Sponsor.” Gold Sponsors are invited to come speak to the Team at the yearly DevCon at their expense.
A yearly Gold Sponsorship costs $2,500, a portion of which may be donated as services at the behest of the Foundation Board of Directors.
4 Terms and Conditions
The XBMC Foundation reserves the right to refuse any sponsorship for any reason. No goods or services will be transferred to any sponsor in connection with their donation. Only the mentioned rights mentioned in the sponsorship levels are granted to the sponsor, unless otherwise agreed in the sponsorship deal, which must approved by the Board of directors. All sponsor must follow our rules of conduct.