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From "Santiago Gala" <santiago.g...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: issues with competitions ?
Date Tue, 16 Sep 2008 19:17:34 GMT
A reasonable way to route around those issues with agility would be to
have a third party epicmh the contest and bind it to code
contributions to the project you want. Been there, done that, but not
for the ASF

2008/9/16, Sam Ruby <rubys@intertwingly.net>:
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 11:27 AM, Matthias Wessendorf <matzew@apache.org>
> wrote:
>> Hi,
>>
>> I was thinking about doing a competition for a Apache MyFaces Trinidad.
>> Looks like we will end up having prices to win. Are there any legal issues
>> with giving a way prices like iPod touch ?
>
> I don't have any direct experience on the subject, but from time to
> time I have had the opportunity to vicariously observe others who have
> attempted to do similar things in other contexts.  Enough so that I
> wouldn't personally want to pursue such a path, but don't let that
> stop you; decide for yourself.
>
> The first obstacle is that there are laws on this subject, and they
> vary widely by jurisdiction.  I won't even begin to try to summarize
> them, but here is a summary, and even this is not something that I can
> personally attest to:
>
> http://www.gambling-law-us.com/State-Law-Summary/
>
> The second obstacle is taxes.  Some countries like revenue, go figure.
>  Some people get visibly upset if they are expected to pay for their
> prizes, even if that money isn't sent to you.  Either plan to cover
> it, or attempt to set expectations correctly from the beginning.  Be
> aware that if you go the latter route, you will likely fail.
>
> The third is the prizes themselves.  An iPod touch is an excellent
> example.  Some may view it as the most closed platform of all time.
> Others may view it as the most excellent engineered product of all
> time.  Be aware that in a contest involving open source, the
> percentages of people you might find in those two positions may not be
> representative of the overall population as a whole.
>
> Finally, there is the source of the prizes.  I can't speak for the
> board as a whole, but an individual iPod touch is not likely to cause
> any concern.  But a series of prizes over a substantial period of time
> could be viewed as a targeted donation.  And furthermore, depending on
> the product mix, as promotional items for a commercial entity.  I
> don't mean to overstate this last concern, it probably isn't a problem
> if we are talking about small and infrequent prizes.
>
> From my perspective, the biggest concern is the first one.  To resolve
> it adequately would require a legal review of the actual terms of the
> contest.
>
>> Thanks!
>> Matthias
>>
>> --
>> Matthias Wessendorf
>>
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>
> - Sam Ruby
>
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