Re: Debian money
On Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 06:42:46PM +0100, MJ Ray wrote:
> Russ Allbery <email@example.com> wrote:
> > Charles Plessy <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> > > [...] but Debian could support companies started by its developers
> > > to make a living of their Debian-related activities, by contributing to
> > > their capital. [...]
> > 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.
> Are they permitted to make loans?
> There are some non-charities like Debian-UK holding debian funds which
> would not be restricted in that way, but I think it would be rather
> out of character for debian to take a position of supporting
> capitalism in this direct way.
For reference, Charities in the UK can also invest in profit making
entities, and indeed own them outright.
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