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Hi Simon,

Simon Phipps schreef:

On 9 Jun 2011, at 19:47, Simon Brouwer wrote:

Anyway, I think it is high time that TDF be made a foundation proper.
Suppose Oracle had considered donating the trademarks and
copyrights to TDF. How could it be the recipient of such a donation if
it didn't exist as a legal entity?

Really easily. Either the current legal entity by which TDF will be
incorporated, Freies Office Deutschland eV, could accept the donation, or
the US agent retained by them, Software in the Public Interest (SPI) could
accept it on their behalf (as will still be the case once TDF is
incorporated - TDF will not need a US subsidiary in order to accept
donations, because of SPI).

I am not sure how much legal sense "accepting on behalf of TDF" makes as
long as TDF is not a legal entity. In any case the existing situation
makes matters complicated and unclear.

Time for this "does not exist" meme to end, it is baseless and it is
unhelpful to perpetuate it after so many people have explained that fact.

I am not saying TDF "does not exist", I'm pointing out that it is high
time it gets the firm legal status that it needs IMO. As the president of
a foundation myself I should have some idea what I'm talking about.

Vriendelijke groet,

Simon Brouwer
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