[OSGeo-Conf] liability

Darrell Fuhriman darrell at garnix.org
Thu Jun 18 11:29:40 PDT 2015

>> If OSGeo is getting the benefits of any proceeds, they need to be assuming
>> the liability as well.
> I agree with this.  I'd have to reread contracts (or get a lawyer's
> opinion) but I think most of the liability is already largely on
> OSGeo.

This was the case for Portland, and was part of the contract signed with the VTM Group (the POC) and OSGeo.

The LoC *couldn’t* accept any liability, because the LoC was not a legal entity, and to ask the LoC members to accept personal liability is obviously ridiculous.

So far OSGeo’s FOSS4G operating model is essentially this:

1) "Anyone want to run a conference for us?"
2) Choose one of the people who offer to do it and delegate
3) Give them a pile of money
4) Hope for the best
5) Profit(?)

If (5) instead becomes “Lose money” that’s on OSGeo, and that’s as it should be, because if (5) is “Profit” it gets all the rewards, too.

If Gaia3d (presumably) is accepting any direct financial or legal liability for FOSS4G 2015 that is a *major* problem in my mind.


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