[Osmf-talk] Membership

Floris Looijesteijn osm at floris.nu
Wed Aug 19 20:42:06 UTC 2009

And if you contact that lawyer please ask for the bare minimum of
information needed. I would be quite hesitant to give my address to anyone
on the internet.

For what it's worth:
Motivation for me to be a osmf member is: sponsor a bit of hardware and
have the right to vote over important things. I would hate to see my money
go to member passes or stuff like that.

Floris Looijesteijn

Jochen Topf wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 04:07:30PM +0200, Henk Hoff wrote:
>> Important at the moment is: are we capable to identify fully-paid
>> members who are eligible to vote for the new board. My opinion: yes we
>> are.
> Sorry, but thats not what is important. Important is that we as members
> and
> more so the board do what is legally required. And the organisation is
> legally required to have a list of members. Ask a lawyer what information
> they need to have exactly. Otherwise the board is liable for any problems
> and any Joe Schmuck can go to a court, say his membership rights were
> violated and we'll be in a huge mess.
> I love the OSM project for its openness and that we can do all of this
> without
> much structure. But the OSMF is something totally different. There are
> rights
> and liabilities and money involved. Its in the interest of everybody and
> especially the board to be overcorrect in those legal details. Its really
> not
> much work, on the contrary, its much less work to have proper records etc.
> because if somebody ask, you just open the binder at the right spot and
> say:
> here it is. Instead of scrambling around and finding excuses why you don't
> have
> the data. Please find out from a laywer what exactly is needed for the
> membership registry and then just do it. And just publish the damn thing
> without the details (just full name and country, city or so) and be done
> with
> it. Everybody can check whether he or anybody else is on the list. We have
> already seen that everybody has a legal right to ask for that information
> anyway. Why is this so hard, why do we have to discuss this for days and
> days.
> Jochen
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