GnuTLS, copyright assignment, and GNU project governance
Posted Dec 21, 2012 1:53 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: GnuTLS, copyright assignment, and GNU project governance
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I believe some of the point this article wanted to make got confused by poor terminology: corporation/corporate, company, and nonprofit. Most nonprofits are companies and corporations, and the points made in the article seem to apply equally to various other entities, such partnerships and individual people.
Though I may not have seen through the confusion myself, I believe the two kinds of copyright holders the article really meant to refer to are 1) businesses; and 2) non-business entities. The latter could reasonably be called nonprofits, but to some people, nonprofit specifically refers to a status recognized by law that gives an entity privileges such as tax exemption.
A corporation, incidentally, is a group of people, chartered by the state, with a few special legal powers. The main ones are 1) the individual members are not liable for the actions of the group; and 2) the group can function like a single person in certain ways, such as signing contracts.
A company is any group of people working together on something.
A business is an enterprise whose purpose is economic gain.
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