Rockbox mail archiveSubject: Re: Rockbox joining the Software Freedom Conservancy?
Re: Rockbox joining the Software Freedom Conservancy?
From: Franklin Wei via rockbox-dev <rockbox-dev_at_cool.haxx.se>
Date: Sun, 04 Oct 2020 23:34:24 +0000
On Saturday, October 3, 2020 5:44 PM, Solomon Peachy via rockbox-dev <rockbox-dev_at_cool.haxx.se> wrote:
> But all that aside, this got me thinking; the SFC also accepts "member
> projects" to operate under their umbrella, providing services including
> handling donations (which become tax-deductible!), holding assets, legal
> support, and copyright enforcement. 
I think the key question to be answered here is whether the cost of membership (specifically having to donate 10% of our donations) is outweighed by the direct benefit of services (and perhaps the indirect publicity benefits of association with the SFC, etc.). My guess as to the answer is a very strong "yes."
If anything, tax-deductible donations and more publicity would probably incentivize more donations, so I think the cost is pretty much negligible from a financial standpoint. (And besides, we apparently only bring in about USD $75/month so a 10% cut of that is hardly a fortune).
As far as benefits go, association with a larger legal entity would do a lot to reinforce project longevity, especially since we're no longer under the Haxx umbrella as we had been for many years.
We'd also gain access to some useful legal services should another Tetr--err, "falling block game" or "PluginJewels" incident ever arise again -- so all in all, I'm fully supportive of this idea.
-- FranklinReceived on 2020-10-04