[Osmf-talk] AGM 2013: Proxy Voting Instructions

Frederik Ramm frederik at remote.org
Mon Aug 26 15:23:33 UTC 2013


On 08/26/2013 03:26 PM, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> Reading the new AA (
> http://wiki.osmfoundation.org/wiki/Articles_of_Association/New ) there
> are many occurences of "person" not further specifying whether this is
> restricted to natural persons or extends to corporate personhood /
> juristic persons, i.e. certain types of companies. (Maybe I have
> overlooked this, or companies are never persons under UK law, or it is
> intentional that companies can become members?). Looking at 17. it seems
> as if companies are included:
> (1) they die or cease to exist;
> (as natural persons never cease to exist without dying).
> Could you please clarify on this?

If your question is

"Can corporate entities become members of the OSMF?"

then the answer is

1. Corporate entities could become full members; this was possible ever
since the OSMF was created. The Companies Act doesn't limit membership
to natural persons. However, we're not planning to admit corporate full

2. Corporate entities can become associate members and we are planning
to admit them.

3. Corporate members do not have the right to vote at a general meeting
(section 75(3)).

4. If 75% of voters support agenda item 7, then section 75(3) will be
removed, and corporate members will have the right to vote.


* if you are against corporate members altogether, you would have to
vote against the new AoA;

* if you accept corporate members but do not wish them the have voting
rights, you would vote for the AoA but against agenda item 7;

* if you accept corporate members and want them to have voting rights,
then you would vote for the AoA and also for agenda item 7.


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