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Re: to what extent is the gnu project philosophical?

From: Mark Wielaard
Subject: Re: to what extent is the gnu project philosophical?
Date: Sat, 2 Nov 2019 01:07:39 +0100
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On Fri, Nov 01, 2019 at 07:09:46PM +0100, Andreas Enge wrote:
> The FSF is also a charity collecting donations and running servers and so on
> for GNU, so it is very practical indeed. The latter could maybe move to GNU
> proper, with the former needing to remain at the FSF, as well as legal
> matters.

Just a technicality, but only the FSF can hold resources as a legal
entity. They hold those resources and provide oversight of the use of
those resources for the GNU community volunteers by maintaining lists
of people who can use those resources. Since GNU itself is not a legal
entity it cannot "own" servers, employ administators, hold copyrights,
trademarks, make financial transactions, etc.

So some things cannot move to GNU, unless we setup or use a different
legal entity.



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