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17 December 2010, 10:02

Git joins the Software Freedom Conservancy

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SFC Logo The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) has announced that Git, the project behind the popular distributed version control system, has become its twenty-fourth member project. Founded in 2006, the SFC is a non-profit organisation incorporated in New York State that promotes and defends Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects by offering a non-profit infrastructure for the communities around software such as Amarok, Sugar Labs, Samba and BusyBox.

In a post on the project's mailing list, Git's Jeff King says the change has "no bearing on the development of Git code", adding that "We are not assigning copyrights to the SFC (though we could if we so chose), and the only real requirement it makes on the code is that we continue to develop as an open-source project."

As the SFC is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organisation in the United States, member projects also fall under their legally registered charity status. Among other things, the SFC will now handle any money that Git receives and allow it to accept tax-deductible donations that will go to the project's general fund.

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