Karl Fogel

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What you need to know about the Conservancy / SFLC trademark dispute (and the context around it): http://www.rants.org/2017/11/conservancy_sflc_dispute/

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Now I just need to figure out what the heck this Free Software Support Network is. Is it an entity independent of SFLC? Is it a d/b/a of the SFLC? When I checked Publication 78 it isn't on the list of 501(c)(3) charities known to the IRS.

Stephen Michael Kellat at 2017-11-09T22:50:52Z

> FSSN is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to Free and Open Source (FOSS) projects.

http://freesoftwaresupport.org/

clacke@libranet.de ❌ at 2017-11-10T05:53:54Z

>> Claes Wallin (韋嘉誠):

“> FSSN is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to Free and Open Source (FOSS) projects.

http://freesoftwaresupport.org/”

Yes, but the catch is that you don't get to merely claim that status on your own. The Internal Revenue Service has to grant you that status and can also revoke it. In searching Publication 78's successor (Exempt Organization Select Check) which is a list of all such 501(c)(3) organizations that can receive donations, I can't find it under that name. See: https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/search-for-charities


I also searched the NYS charities bureau. They've never heard of it either. For a group that says they file regularly with the Attorney General of New York, it is strange to find they've never filed there under that name.


This only matters since FSSN figures into one of the press releases by the Software Freedom Law Center as an alternative to the Conservancy.

Stephen Michael Kellat at 2017-11-10T17:55:52Z