[Foundation-l] A PC instead of a VC

Dan Rosenthal swatjester at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 14:21:23 UTC 2008

Except it's dangerous to assume that such authority cannot be implied  
in law, even when not expressly granted. From everything I've been  
reading here we're not at all talking about a group of volunteers who  
are interested in helping the projects, but rather a group of  
representatives who are interested in being the voice of the projects  
to the board, and under some interpretations, having control over the  
board. That's something that might imply responsibility.

On Apr 7, 2008, at 9:58 AM, Andrew Whitworth wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 7, 2008 at 9:00 AM,  <daniwo59 at aol.com> wrote:
>> While this seems at first a good idea, it leaves me wondering about
>> liability. If this council represents the interests and needs of  
>> the projects,  would
>> its members then be ultimately responsible for the projects? If,  
>> for  example,
>> someone wants to sue the Bulgarian Wikipedia or the English   
>> Wikinews, would
>> they direct their efforts to the members of said council who   
>> represent its
>> "interests and needs"? The WMF has always claimed that it is not a   
>> publisher
>> and it is, therefore, not responsible for content. Would the same   
>> defense hold
>> true of a Project Council?
> If you follow the premise that some how self-appointed volunteer
> "responsibility" (which is so ephemeral as to hardly be an appropriate
> use of the word "responsibility") is tied to the legal notion of
> responsibility. We're not talking about a legal entity with legal
> authority over the projects, we're talking about a group of volunteers
> who are interested in helping the projects and communicating with
> them.
> In all this, you can't forget that the WMF board retains ultimate
> legal control over the projects, and nowhere has there been a
> suggestion that this legal authority be passed to any other entity,
> much less the VC.
> --Andrew Whitworth
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