[OSGeo-Discuss] Chickens, Boards and Export Restrictions
davep at confluence.org
Thu Jun 12 18:39:19 PDT 2008
On 2008/06/12 5:01 PM, Bruce.Bannerman at dpi.vic.gov.au wrote:
> Some Local Chapters are going through this process currently, e.g.
> We will need to incorporate as a non profit within Australia with its
> overheads of audits, annual fees etc.
> One potential upside is that we may get some protection by way of
> Directors Insurance for people making decisions on behalf of OSGeo (or
> the local chapter).
> During the recent FOSS4G-2009 work, several of us were left high and dry
> with no protection from the parent body. This situation is not acceptable.
I understand what Bruce is referring to, but, depending on
the relevant legislation, should an issue ever arise where
'the legal system' was potentially going to be involved, the
lack of a "Directors and Officers" or "Volunteers" insurance
policy may not leave people "high and dry".
Sometimes, legislation will protect people who provide
services to an organization on a volunteer basis. The
premise is that if such lay people are acting on a best
effort basis to 'do the right thing', they are protected,
even if it turns out they 'did the wrong thing'.
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