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20 February 2012, 11:41

The Document Foundation finally incorporated - Update

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The legal process of incorporating The Document Foundation as a German Stiftung (foundation) has been completed in Berlin, Germany. The creation of a legally based foundation was part of the founding plan of the organisation when it forked from OpenOffice in September 2010. The foundation, which will be the legal entity managing the development of LibreOffice, now has a set of legally binding statutesPDFGerman language link that define the foundation's objectives, the use of its assets and its management structure.

The foundation consists of a seven-member board of directors, a board of trustees and a membership committee; there will also be an advisory board associated with the foundation. The directors are elected by the board of trustees, membership of which is free and open to anybody that has, subject to certain conditions, contributed to the foundation's work or has committed to contribute to it. A non-legally-binding English language equivalent of the statutes is availablePDF.

The non-profit association Freies Office Deutschland e.V., formerly Deutschland e.V., has been the foundation's interim legal entity and has now acted as donor for the new foundation.

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