Subject: Re: History of the NetBSD Foundation
To: Charles M. Hannum <mycroft@MIT.EDU>
From: Charles M. Hannum <mycroft@MIT.EDU>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 09/02/2006 01:02:48
On Fri, Sep 01, 2006 at 11:07:38PM -0400, Charles M. Hannum wrote:
> 1) As I've said repeatedly, the bylaws do not meet objective requirements
>    of a 501(c)3.  The specific point of contention, which I've stated before,
>    is the disposition of assets if the Foundation is dissolved.  Non-profit
>    law makes it clear that they must be given to another non-profit, but the
>    current bylaws have them going to the "original" board (which, for some
>    reason which I'd like to be clued in on, is not even the actual founding
>    members of the Foundation).  Disposing of the assets this way is illegal.

BTW, for anyone who is tempted to classify this as esoteric, I will make
two points:

a) I've seen people get sued over it.

b) It's a fundamental part of keeping the code free, which I take *very*
   seriously -- especially since I drafted the copyright assignment which
   promised to keep it free.  (For the record, I cribbed heavily from the
   FSF copyright assignment.)