Andrew Suffield wrote:|
There is simply no way to avoid being one.Is Debian a legal entity? The answer is unquestionably yes.Where do you get these ideas? Debian is unquestionably not a legal entity.
It is one thing to profess how you want the organization to be and another to actually convince a court to treat you that way. The reality is that we are many people working in concert to create and distribute many pieces of of software that fit together into a coherent system. The intent of the organization is to create the system rather than the individual pieces. This makes each of us vulnerable to some extent.An unincorporated association is what your organization is until you go through a legal process to change it into something else. It is a legal entity. It can sue and be sued, and its members can be criminally prosecuted in connection with it. It passes most of its liability on to the people associated with it. We don't have any hope of proving that Debian is not an organization.Guilt by association went out with the middle ages, along with witch hunts. These days you cannot be held responsible for events beyond your control. And Debian was carefully built in a manner that prevents any question of one developer controlling another. This is precisely what we want and it's also precisely what we have. Debian is a loose aggregation of individuals who are individually responsible for their own actions.
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