List Archive: gentoo-nfp
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On Tuesday 12 April 2005 14:36, Chris Gianelloni wrote:
> > Good question. I have to admit that I have no idea what the answer
> > might be. I would think that the Foundation could, and probably should,
> > engage in legal contracts on the behalf of Gentoo devs. The tricky part
> > is that I'm not sure what, if any, ability the Foundation has to ensure
> > that Gentoo devs live up to their part of the bargain.
> That's pretty much what I'm afraid of...
> I know that I would like to pursue some possible arrangements with other
> companies, especially as I am now getting quite close to producing some
> fun GameCD images, and quite a few of the "free" games from standard
> game production houses have restrictions on redistributing them in any
> form other than their original.
In principle such an agreement with e.g. ID software would mean that the
foundation gets rights to create/distribute a cd under specific terms. One of
those terms could be that the foundation delegates this allowed to delegate
the actual creation to one of it's members. There is a big issue of liability
however. The only solution I see is that there is some kind of "vault" that
has restricted upload so that only foundation trustees can upload files there
that would then be "distributed". Under such a system the foundation might be
persuaded to accept liability, and could be protected against actions from
This does indeed impose an extra limitation on the developers, but I think
that developers should be able to overcome this as the alternative is not to
do this at all.
Paul de Vrieze