January 20-22, 2012, Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel

Should we get a Foundation?

Josh Berkus


Has your open source project grown to the point where you need a legal structure for it? Do you need somewhere to put trademarks, domains, funds, servers and copyrights so that they won't belong to individual contributors? Most open source projects which reach a certain size need the support of a company or foundation. Some projects need it immediately due to legal issues. Josh Berkus, assistant treasurer of Software in the Public Interest, will go over the options you have for creating a legal shell for your project in the US and Canada, including: * getting your own 501(c)3 foundation * 501(c)6s and other nonprofit types * joining an umbrella foundation * incorporating as a not-for-profit business