Re: Licence Changes and Naming of a Commercial Derivative

From: MJ Ray <mjr(at)phonecoop(dot)coop>
To: spi-general(at)lists(dot)spi-inc(dot)org
Subject: Re: Licence Changes and Naming of a Commercial Derivative
Date: 2012-12-17 17:11:19
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David Pratt <david(dot)pratt(at)tidesdk(dot)org>
> The first is that the core talent of TideSDK wish to create a
> commercial derivative work called TideSDKPro. I understand that we
> cannot create a for profit commercial entity under a non profit
> organization so a comercial entity has been established. [...]

I don't think the above is always true. There are many non-profit
orgs that have for-profit commercial entities under them, including my
first serious workplace, Waterfront-Student Union Services Ltd. As
far as I know, SUS's trading profit was vital for covering the
non-profit org's running costs... as well as a way to offer students
an alternative to rip-off convenience store and chain bar prices back

It may still be beneficial for the core team to have their own
commercial enterprise to support them. I'd strongly suggest that a
contributors' co-operative is an obvious model (which may actually be
non-profit, depending how one defines profit), but don't kid yourself
that you have to do it because non-profit organisations can't have
for-profit trading arms.

But are there particular (maybe NY-local) restrictions that means SPI
could not have such a social enterprise in the family somehow?

Sorry but I don't have useful answers to the other two questions
right now - just this other question, which might be useful to know
for future reference.

MJ Ray (slef), member of, a for-more-than-profit co-op. supporter, web and library systems developer.
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