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Wednesday, August 29 • 11:40am - 12:25pm
Funding and Promoting Software Freedom Development via Non-Profits - Bradley M. Kuhn, Software Freedom Conservancy

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Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) began as a non-profit endeavor. FLOSS licenses permit commercial and non-commercial activity; however, the heart of FLOSS remains in the not-for-profit space. A non-profit organizational structure can not only take care of the administrative parts of FLOSS, but can also provide a conduit to raise funds for developers to improve the software and documentation.

This talk introduces software developers and project leaders to the benefits of non-profit structure for their FLOSS projects, including explaining the primary two methods of achieving non-profit status: creating your own organization, or joining an existing non-profit "fiscal sponsor" who handles the project's non-profit activity. Finally, the talk will explain the various benefits of non-profit status, including raising money to fund new Free Software development.


Bradley M. Kuhn, Software Freedom Conservancy

Bradley M. Kuhn has been the Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy since 2010 and is also on the Free Software Foundation (FSF)'s Board of Directors. Kuhn began his work in the Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) Movement as a volunteer contributor in 1992... Read More →

Wednesday August 29, 2012 11:40am - 12:25pm PDT
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