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Re: [tdf-discuss] [Legalese] "Foundation" or "Group"?


Hi Gianluca,
Gianluca Turconi wrote:
Hello *,

I'm a supporter and contributor of the OpenOffice.org Project since the very beginning (Yeah, I was there in 2000 :-)

Happy to see you here :)

I'm trying to have a full picture about what is happening.

Is "The Document Foundation" a *real* Foundation, incorporated and registered in a specific country and governed by a specific law or is it still a international "group of people/different legal entities" without any legal unity?

If the former is true, is there a Chart of the Foundation that explains duties/rights/organization/statutory purposes and so on?

If it isn't true, is the present group preparing such Chart and will it file documents for registration in any country?

Currently it's a group and the Foundation is not up yet, we will set it up with the community members who wish to contribute to it. We are planing to write a charter, organization, governance, duties, etc... not only the small group who has launched the project, but all of the people who are willing to be part of the Foundation.

I've seen much confusion about money contributions and the relationship between this "Foundation" and the German OpenOffice.org Deutschland e.V entity that, AFAIK, is a different legal entity.

For the moment, the German association is helping us to structure the whole thing and have a legal backup, but we still have a lot of work to move to an official foundation.

Sincerely, I really miss a big chunk of info about what *exactly* is/will be "The Document Foundation".

Any clarification will be highly appreciated.

I hope it's more clear now :)
Kind regards
Sophie
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