[hackerspaces] legal entity

Jens Ohlig jens at ccc.de
Sat Sep 5 03:45:26 CEST 2009

Am 05.09.2009 um 02:08 schrieb Lars Weiler:
> For your concerns I suggest to concentrate on founding a
> 'vereniging'.  So you can affiliate members, collect membership fees
> and pay the rent or other things like an insurance.  But keep it as
> simple as possible!  Just do the work you have to do.  Have a short
> statute, elect a small board, have your (bi-)annual official meeting
> and do your tax declaration.  Be very strict with these few tasks.

Unlike Lars, I know next to nothing about Dutch law and my spoken  
Dutch is practically non-existing. Ik vind het zelf jammer...

Having said that, I have encountered the "Stichting" as a legal entity  
at all the places where I would look for an inspiration, like the  
organization that runs the Dutch hacker camps or De Digitale Stad in  
the 1990s. Heck, even the CCC was described as a "Stichting" when  
communicating with Dutch authorities. The German "Verein" is a very  
specific thingy and I don't know if something quite like it exists  
outside of Germany and Austria.

I'd stress all the points Lars made and I would also look for a  
similar organization whose legal structure/bylaws you can copy. Do  
everything the law requires you and then forget about it. The  
structure of you hackerspace shouldn't be dictated by whatever  
framework your national law offers, in my humble opinion. Just meet  
the legal requirements and then do your own thing.

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