We've been watching with great interest this week as the travails of FOSS organizations with the US Internal Revenue Service have become a hot topic. When our client, Jim Nelson of Yorba, discussed blogging about the IRS rejection
of Yorba's application for 501c3 status with us, we hoped but did not expect that the situation, to which we had discreetly called community and company attention for years, would finally receive some. We're very glad that's now happening
. Unfortunately, it's really too late. Because of the long delays in determination imposed by the IRS in its increasingly anti-FOSS positioning, neither the full consequences of the IRS's present position nor the state of our legal technology in response can be seen from the materials currently under discussion.
According to the Government of India, private service providers like AirTel and Vodafone are failing in
their legal obligations under the Information Technology Act, hastily
amended in the days immediately following the Mumbai 7/11 attacks, by not providing
access to the content of emails and texts sent to or from BlackBerry
users. As a lawyer, I have some doubt about this legal position, no
doubt under discussion between GoI and the service providers. But there is no
doubt that the Government has failed to make clear the context of
this dispute, or the real consequences of the demands it is making.