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Re: [Debconf-team] DebConf 15 Legal Entity

also sprach Brian Gupta <brian.gupta@brandorr.com> [2014-04-24 21:29 +0200]:
> Unless I am misunderstanding something, I don't think DE-based
> sponsors team members will be approaching companies with the name
> of the local clearing organization, and it's likely they'll only
> hear the name of your e.v. on the invoice after they have agreed
> to sponsor.

It's all a matter of how you play things. I wouldn't differentiate
amongst members of the sponsors team, but I sure would suggest to
use the new non-profit as the correspondent for DE-based sponsors.

> IE: All else being equal please use the DebConf15 name, as if you
> are in fact planning on dissolving it after the conference,

We are not planning that. We are also not planning to maintain it.
We are purposely leaving options, especially since FFIS still has
not replied.

> I'd also say that I'd personally be pretty uncomfortable with an
> organization that isn't a Trusted Organization using Debian as
> part of it's legal name. (It's been made clear that DC15 bid team
> does not agree that this organization should apply for TO status.

I have not made this clear, but this was not a team position, it was
mine. We have not discussed this in the team.

I don't think that a DC-entity is a TO in the sense that
it is not a fiduciary. I've said all this. A DC-entity is an entity
set up to manage various aspect of a specific project, and it is
governed by a budget; it does not hold assets.

If the entity were to continue past DC15 and would assume management
of Debian funds, of course it would become a TO, at least by today's

And I am not going to stand in the way of anyone in the DC15 team
working through the TO criteria. I just don't think it's optimal to
use a concept intended to control something different every time
money is involved. I'd rather spend the time rethinking governance,
which would also solve this.

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