[Osmf-talk] Corporate OSMF Members
frederik at remote.org
Fri Oct 26 00:24:43 UTC 2012
On 26.10.2012 02:10, Ed Loach wrote:
> If so, then the OSMF has members rather than shareholders, and I'm
> not sure there is provision in Company Law to allow corporations to
> be members
It is quite likely that this is the case, but I don't expect the legal
status of OSMF to be fixed, and intended my question to be asking for
what people would like, not what people would assume to be legally
possible under current circumstances.
For example, we have seen a bit of discussion about the "membership
register" and if and how it must be public; superficial reading of the
Companies Act seems to suggest that the home address of each OSMF member
must be revealed to everyone who comes asking. If this is true then
maybe it is a certain barrier to membership, (I would be interested to
hear how British Mensa deal with that - if I write to them asking for
the list of members with home address, what will they say? Can you find
If, on closer inspection, being incorporated in the UK should turn out
to be a problem or not give use the flexibility we would like, there's
no reason why we would have to stick with being a UK company limited by
guarantee forever. I think that, in the whole "what do we want from
OSMF" discussion, we will first define our goals, then see if they are
possible with the form of organisation we currently have, and then
change that form if it is necessary to do what we want.
But I didn't intend to start this discussion here and now; I think it is
much too early for that.
Frederik Ramm ## eMail frederik at remote.org ## N49°00'09" E008°23'33"
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