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Re: Debian money

Charles Plessy <plessy@debian.org> writes:

> I forsee that it is very difficult because of the hundreds of borders in
> our world, but Debian could support companies started by its developers
> to make a living of their Debian-related activities, by contributing to
> their capital.  This way, Debian would invest in its own development,
> but in the do-o-cratic manner we all appreciate since the financial
> support would not create a direct subordination or custommer-consumer
> relationship.

We can't do that with moneys collected in the United States under the
aegis of Software in the Public Interest.  It would jeopardize the
non-profit status of SPI.  Non-profit charities are not permitted to make
investments in for-profit businesses.

I can't comment on the rules in other jurisdictions.

Russ Allbery (rra@debian.org)               <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/>

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