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FC.o conference call for 8 May 2005.

Agenda

Incorporation

Where

In what state should we incorporate?

  • Florida
    • bureaucracy's not too bad
      • Wikimedia Foundation incorporated in Florida -- seems like a good sign
    • $70 to file Articles of Incorporation ($87.50 with optional stuff) [1]
    • required information
      • name (must end in "Corporation," "Corp.," "Incorporated," or "Inc.")
      • place of business and mailing address (can be anywhere)
      • specific purpose for organizing the corporation
      • how directors are elected or appointed
      • initial directors or officers (with address and title)
        • at least 18 years old
        • only 1 is required
      • initial registered agent (with street address in Florida)
        • registered agent = the person or office designated to receive official state correspondence and notice if the corporation is sued
      • incorporator's name and address (that is, the person who files the Articles)
  • Delaware
    • More expensive than Florida to incorporate [2]
    • Don't require quite as much info as Florida, but negligible difference [3]

Name

FreeCulture.org, Inc.?

Purpose

Wikimedia's says: "to create and freely distribute a free encyclopedia in all the languages of the world". What about us? Suggestions:

  • "to build a student movement for free culture" - Nelson
  • "to support student involvement in free culture" - Gavin

Directors

How are directors appointed or elected? Wikimedia says: "the method of election as stated in the bylaws". Sound fine? (Bylaws don't have to be filed with the state.)

Initial Directors / Officers

Gavin and Nelson are in. It seems obvious to invite Lessig. Who else?

  • Note: This doesn't have to be final to incorporate; we just need at least one
  • Gavin says: I think we should choose an initial president and treasurer, at least, since people will want to know who our president is, and we need a treasurer to handle our money.

Money

We'll need a corporate bank account somewhere. Thoughts?

Minutes

Attendance: Eldo, Gavin, Nelson, Mike

  • Why inc?
    • For money
      • Pay for trips
      • startup local groups -give stuff
      • operational expenses National org. (domain name, server etc.)
    • Insure longevity
    • Legetimicy
  • Why not incorp.
    • Effort
    • Liability
  • Who will help with inc.
    • Lots of resources
      • CC, PK, etc
  • Where to register
    • Florida
    • Pensylvania
    • Florida looks good
  • Office Space
    • People's houses (Gavin?)
    • actual office
  • Infiltrate evil corp.
    • Intern MPAA or RIAA
  • Lawyer
    • Check with lawyer just for safety and advice
    • All of this needs to be cleared
  • Name
    • Freeculture.org, inc. ? sounds weird
    • but we can stick with it
  • Purpose
    • we have to come up with something that is good enough for paper
    • doesnt matter if we deviate a little bit, for example Wikimedia purpose
  • Limitation due to legal status
    • Lobbying
    • political limitations
  • Directors
    • Ask Lessig
    • Students
    • Do we need non-students?
    • we probably need alumni etc. eventually
    • board wont effect day-to-day operations
    • majority students
    • organizational structure
    • agreement – initial directors
    • two students and Lessig
  • Money, bank account
    • organizational structure
    • incharge of money
    • who?
    • Bank account
      • Treasurer- Eldo?
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