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What does it mean to join the Software Freedom Conservancy?

What does it mean to join the Software Freedom Conservancy?

Posted Oct 19, 2006 11:24 UTC (Thu) by job (guest, #670)
Parent article: What does it mean to join the Software Freedom Conservancy?

One thing this article is very unclear on is whether or not these services are specific to US based free software projects. As far as I understand, the laws cited are all local. Many larger free software projects are by their nature international. What is the benefits and downsides of creating a foundation under US law? I suppose that would be a real issue for many projects.


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What does it mean to join the Software Freedom Conservancy?

Posted Oct 20, 2006 15:47 UTC (Fri) by vmole (guest, #111) [Link]

It would allow them to accept tax-exempt donations in the US, assuming the Conservancy achieves 501(c3) status. It provides them with legal representation and status in the US. In other countries, they would need to create or associate with other similar organizations.

Debian uses SPI for this purpose in the US, but other other orgs in other contries.

I'm a little dissapointed that we now have (at least) two orgs doing the same thing (SPI and SFC), but admit that given SPI's only-recent recovery from long-standing dysfunction, I can see the perceived need for a competitor.


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