This English version of the statutes is provided for convenience only. Being based in Germany, the only legally binding version is the  Versión en alemán.

Preamble

The foundation’s objective is to nurture and develop software that is free to use by everyone. The foundation furthers a sustainable, independent and meritocratic community for the international development of Free and Open Source Software based on open standards.

In particular the foundation will advance the distribution of free and open-source software by maintaining a mobile operating system with associated applications and services, and making it available on different mobile devices. This software shall be made available to the public (including for-profit companies and public authorities) freely and without restrictions, other than restrictions that protect the freedom and openness of that software in the future.

§ 1 Name, legal form, domicile and business year

        1.1    The name of the foundation shall be “UBports Foundation”, a
                  legal foundation under German civil law.

        1.2    It has its registered seat in Berlin.

        1.3    Fiscal Year is the calendar year.

§ 2 Primary Objective of the foundation

        2.1    By furthering the development of free Software (hereinafter
                  referred to as ,,FOSS”) the foundation entails the furthering
                  of:

                       (a) national and vocational education;

                       (b) science and research, especially in the field of computer
                             science;

                       (c) civil engagement in favor of charitable objects,

        2.2    The foundation furthers and supports a sustainable,
                  independent and meritocratic community which develops
                  FOSS based on open standards. FOSS may be used, analyzed,
                  adapted to ones needs, distributed and enhanced for any
                  purpose. Standards are open, if they are:

                       (a) subject to full public assessment and use without
                             constraints in a manner equally available to everybody;

                       (b) free of any components or extensions that have
                            dependencies on formats of protocols that do not meet
                            the definition of an open standard themselves;

                       (c) Free from legal or technical constraints that limit their
                            use by anybody;

                       (d) managed and further developed independently from
                             any single vendor in a process open to equal
                             participation of all interested third parties; and

                       (e) available in diverse complete implementations from
                             different providers, or as a single complete
                             implementation available to all participants

                  The object of the foundation is achieved, either directly of
                  through intermediaries, in particular, but not limited to, via:

                       (a) publication of software;

                       (b) spreading the philosophical and cultural ideals of FOSS;

                       (c) moral and professional support of anybody who creates,
                            improves, helps to spread the foundations software
                            or documentation or contributes in other ways, including
                            the construction and maintenance of platforms for
                            mutual support and assistance;

                       (d) information, representation, counsel and training of
                            users, authorities, private entities and the general public
                            on the advantages and educational potential of the
                            usage of FOSS, especially through seminars, workshops
                            and conferences, but also by introducing children and
                            adolescents to, and awakening their interest in Free
                            Software (e.g. via holiday camps teaching the software
                            and creating bug reports);

                       (e) collaboration and coordination with other organizations
                             that at least partially share the same charitable objects;

                       (f) furthering of national, European and international
                            collaboration in the field of named software (e.g. by
                            translating the software or its documentation); and

                       (g) promotion and implementation of research and
                            development projects (e.g. via supporting public
                            tenders, or research into legal obstacles hindering Free
                            Software deployments, or co-writing of open standards).

        2.3    The foundation can pursue its object nationally (within the
                  Federal Republic of Germany) and abroad.

        2.4    The foundation does not need to pursue each object with the
                  same effort. The foundation’s board of directors decides
                  which actual object will be pursued primarily.

        2.5    The foundation can provide financial or material resources to
                  other tax-privileged bodies, institutions and foundations, or to
                  appropriate public authorities, if these entities use the
                  resources to further the foundation’s objects according to
                  paragraph 2.1 and 2.2.


§ 3 Non-Profit Character

        3.1  The foundation shall exclusively and directly pursue charitable
               objects as defined by the section “Steuerbegünstigte Zwecke”
               (tax beneficiary objects) of the German general tax code, §51ff.

        3.2  The foundation acts altruistically within the meaning of § 55 AO.
                It does not primarily focus on economic objects for its own benefit.

        3.3 The foundations funds may only be used for statutory objects.

        3.4 The foundation executes its tasks on its own or through auxiliary
               persons as defined in § 57 section 1 sentence 2 German General
               tax code, as long as the foundation’s means permit, and the
               foundation is not acting on procurement of funds as per
                § 58 No. 1 German general tax code.

        3.5  In order to realize its objects, the foundation may operate
               special-purpose enterprises as long as the given purposes are in
               line with the objects under § 2 of these statutes.

        3.6  The foundation may act as trustee for dependent (not having
               legal capacity) foundations or manage other independent
               foundations (having legal capacity).


§ 4 Assets of the foundation

        4.1  The assets granted to the foundation to fulfill its objects on a
                sustainable and continuing basis, shall be kept undiminished.
               The assets of the foundation are defined in the act of
               formation.

        4.2  The assets shall be invested in a safe and profitable way, where
               ethical investment criteria shall be pursued. The foundation’s
               assets must not be invested actively in shares to more than one
               third of the total assets.

        4.3  Regrouping of the assets is permitted. Regrouping gains must
                be allocated to a regrouping reserve, which may be dissolved
                for re-compensation of regrouping loss, to raise the
                foundation’s assets, or to be used for statutory objects.

        4.4  Endowment contributions (Zustiftungen) shall be allocated to
               the assets of the foundation. The foundation may accept such
               donations. Non-dedicated donations due to disposition mortis
               well as free reserves as of § 62 No. 3 German general tax code,
               will be reallocated to the foundation’s assets.


§ 5 Usage of the capital gains yield and donations

        5.1  The foundation achieves its objects from the capital gains yield
                and from surpluses of the restructuring reserve and from donations
                which are not explicitly dedicated to grow the foundation’s assets as
                of as of § 62 No. 3.

        5.2  As necessary, the foundation may allocate it’s funds in whole or
               in part to a reserve, to be able to sustainably achieve its
               tax-exempt statutory objects, if there are concrete ideas or
               timely targets for the usage of the reserves, and if the tax
               exempt status of the foundation will not be jeopardized.

        5.3  For long-term maintenance of value, and if in accordance with
               applicable tax laws, annual revenues may be re-invested into
               the capital stock or another reserve fund, to adjust for inflation.

        5.4  No legal right on foundation services shall be constituted,
               especially not to be accepted as member of the board of
               trustees, or the advisory board.

        5.5  No person may benefit from unreasonable high compensation
               or expenditure that is not within the objects of the foundation.
               This especially applies to full-time staff of the foundation.


§ 6 Bodies of the foundation

        6.1  Bodies of the foundation are:

                       (a) the board of directors,

                       (b) the board of trustees, and

                       (c) the membership committee.

                Additionally, an advisory board will be set up, which shall not
                form a body of the foundation. Similarly, associate members
                and sponsors are accepted by the foundation, without becoming
                part of a formal body.

        6.2  Working in the foundation’s bodies shall be voluntary.
                Acceptable expenses caused by activities for the foundation
                may be reimbursed if foundation’s means permit this and
                achievement of the foundation’s objects is not significantly
                affected.

        6.3  Only a member of the board of trustees can become member
               of the board of directors. Members of the board of directors or
               their deputies may not be members of the membership
               committee. Members of the advisory board must not be
               members of the board of trustees.

        6.4  The liability of the members towards the foundation is limited
                to intent and gross negligence. This limitation does not apply to
                the board of directors, starting with knowledge of a pending
                complaint or impeachment relative to board of directors
                actions, if the board of directors proceeds with the challenged
                actions before the complaint or impeachment is settled.

        6.5  The Members of all bodys are bound to manage the foundation
               diligently and economically.


§ 7 Board of Directors

        7.1  The board of directors consists of natural personas and shall
                have five or seven members. The board of directors elects a
                chairperson and the chairperson’s deputy from among its
                members.

        7.2  The board of directors term of office shall be two years,
                re-election is admissible. The board of directors shall be elected
                by the board of trustees; the election will be prepared and
                monitored by the membership committee. The members of
                the board of directors and (in case of an adequate number of
                candidates) up to three substitute members will be elected
                individually and simultaneously and the voting will occur by
                e-mail or by an equivalent medium to be made available to the
                members. The voting method to be used is a system designed
                (Single Transferable Vote system), employing the Meek
                method. Candidates with the highest preference are deemed
                to have been elected until the predefined number of board of
                directors members has been reached. The other elected
                candidates act as substitute members for departing board of
                directors members. Each candidate shall be running only for
                himself or herself. The members of the board of trustees are
                notified at least 45 days in advance of the elections, by e-mail
                or an equivalent medium to be made available to the members.
                The application as candidate is possible up to one week before
                the election and has to be issued by e-mail or by an equivalent
                medium to be made available to the members of the
                membership committee. Only members of the board of
                trustees, who were already members before the election
                notice are entitled to vote.

        7.3  To prevent unwanted influences of companies in the board of
                directors, not more than two members of the board of
                directors shall be employed by the same company or corporate
                group.

        7.4  The membership in the board of directors ends (i) after term of
                office of the board of directors and the appointment of a
                successor, (ii) by death of the member, or (iii) by resignation,
                which is permissible at any time. Departing board of directors
                members are replaced by the substitute member, who gained
                the next lowest preference in the elections. In case the number
                of board of directors members decreases below five, with a
                seven-member board under seven and and no deputy board                 member is available, the board of directors must be
                replaced immediately by re-electing the board of directors.
                In this case, the remaining board of directors shall continue only
                urgent business of the day-to-day administration until assumption
                of office of the new board of directors. Paragraphs 3 and 4 do not                 apply to the first board. When a member of the first board resigns,
                the remaining members form the board with all their authority.
                The remaining members of the board will consider whether
                elections are being held or whether a new member can be
                appointed, so that the board of directors has a quorum
                (§ 7 Abs. 1 sentence 1).
                The other members remain board members until the end of their
                term of office.

        7.5  By way of derogation from the rules for voluntary work (§ 6 par.
                2 first sentence), the board of directors can be commensurately
                refunded annually with up to 0.5% of the financial resources of
                the foundation, if otherwise the appropriate staffing of the
                board of directors is at risk in case the foundation’s means
                permit this, and the ability to fulfill the foundation’s objects is
                not substantially hampered. Further details are to be decided
                by the board of directors, need to be published immediately,
                and will enter into force not before one month after
                publication.

        7.6  The board of directors will adopt rules of procedure, which have
                to be published. Within those, the appointment and
                consultation of executive directors and further executive
                officers can be regulated.

        7.7  The first board, the chairperson of the board and its deputy,
                and the substitute members of the board, if any, are named in
                the act of formation. The term of office for the first board of
                directors is two years.


§ 8 Duties of the Board of Directors

        8.1  The board of directors decides in all principal matters, according
                to the statutes, on its own authority, and conducts the
                day-to-day administration of the Foundation. The board of
                directors acts as the legal representative, and represents the
                foundation in and out of court. The Foundation is represented
                by two members of the board of directors jointly one of which
                must be the chairperson or its deputy. There can also be
                granted authorization for single persons for particular affairs.
                Inter se, the deputy of the chairman is required to only act if
                the chairman is incapable.

        8.2  The board of directors is obliged, within the bounds of German
                Foundation Law and these statutes, to fulfill the original will of
                the donor as effectively as possible, as is manifest in the act of
                formation. The boards of directors’ duties are, among others:
                stewardship for the capital stock, handling the foundations’
                means, setting up a budget plan, proper financial accounting
                and collection of receipts, creation of the annual balance and
                activity report. The board of directors ensures that all facilities
                of the foundation-supported activities are provided in a
                satisfactory manner

        8.3  The board of directors is obliged, via explicit publication in a
               generally used communication medium, to notify the public
               about:

                       (a) all changes to the Community Bylaws, or operating
                             mechanisms of the board of trustees or the
                             membership committee, else-wise those changes are
                             void;

                       (b) the composition of the board of directors, including its
                             substitute members, the members of the board of
                             trustees, the membership committee and its
                             chairperson, the advisory board, and all other
                             permanently established committees;

                       (c) the proceedings, discussions, and decisions of the
                             foundation, it’s committees, the board of directors, and
                             potential executive directors, including meeting
                             minutes. Under exceptional circumstances, those can be
                             kept confidential, if justified by the subject matter. The
                             resulting decisions though need to be published in due
                             time, confidentiality ends, once the reasons for
                             confidentiality cease;

                       (d) conflicts of interest lasting longer than a month; and

                       (e) the decision on how to deal with a complaint.

        8.4  The board of directors prevents conflicts of interest within the
                Foundation. The board of directors is therefore obliged to
                ensure, that the board of directors itself, the membership
                committee, and the advisory board, at maximum have one third
                of their members being employed by a single company,
                organization, entity or their respective affiliates. The board of
                directors can expel one member per month from each of the
                foundations bodies, until the conflict of interest situation is
                either settled, or a re-election of the entity has been initiated.
                To resolve the conflict of interest, the board of directors can
                expel the necessary number of members from the committee
                or add suitable members to the committee.


§ 9 Resolutions of the board of directors

        9.1  Resolutions of the board of directors are taken in meetings, via
               phone, in writing (including via circulation procedure), except
               where the statutes provide for other means. Telegraph, telefax,
               email, or otherwise auditable electronic means for vote
               transmission shall be equivalent to the written form. The board
               of directors meets at least annually, otherwise if necessary, by
               invitation from the chairperson or its deputy including the
               agenda, at least two weeks in advance. Board of directors
               meetings are further called in, if requested by at least three
               members of the board of directors.

        9.2  A member of the board of directors can be represented by
               another board of directors member or a substitute member,
               unless these statutes require a personal presence. No member
               of the board of directors, or substitute member, can represent
               more than one other member.

        9.3  The board of directors is quorate if, after correct invitation, at
                least half of its members (or their representatives) are present,
                among them the chairperson or its deputy, unless the statutes
                require otherwise. Incorrect invitations are cured if all
                members are present and there is no objection. If a member
                incorrectly invited is not present, they can cure the mistake by
                retroactively approving the decisions by the affected member.
                For a vote conducted by phone or email, at least half of all
                members of the board of directors need to participate.

        9.4  The board of directors decides via simple majority of the
                present or represented members, or those participating in a
                vote conducted in writing or via phone, unless the statutes
                require otherwise. In the event of a tie, the vote of the
                chairperson shall be decisive, alternatively the deputy chair.

        9.5  Minutes of the Meetings of the Board of directors shall be
                prepared, (digitally) signed by the minute-taker and confirmed
                by the meeting chairperson. These have to be brought to the
                attention of all members of the board of directors and the
                membership committee.

        9.6  A member of the board of directors is barred from voting, if the
                vote contains any of the following subject matters:

                       (a) self-dealing with the member;

                       (b) the initiation or cessation of a lawsuit between the
                             foundation and the member; or

                       (c) grants from foundation’s means to the member, or to an
                            entity the member is a board member of, or to an entity
                            the member is a member of the executive body of.

§ 10 Board of Trustees

        10.1    Membership in the board of trustees is open to everyone
                    worldwide at no cost. The board of trustees consists of
                    natural persons, who either (i) are members of one of the
                    foundation’s bodies, or (ii) cumulatively meet the
                    requirements listed in the following letters (a) through (d):

                         (a) have verifiably contributed time and intellectual work
                               for the foundation’s objects, over a time span of more
                               than three months, and

                         (b) have after assessment by the membership committee,
                               free of arbitrariness, verifiably, or testified by other
                               members contributed non-trivially and not obviously
                               immaterially. Non-exhaustively listed this includes:

        • programming;

        • translation;

        • producing and enhancing documentation;

        • producing or enhancing marketing collaterals (including graphics);

        • triage, analysis and verification of bug reports;

        • market research and research of user experience or wishes;

        • representing one of the foundation’s projects in public, in press, or e.g. on trade fairs;

        • operating and maintaining the technical infrastructure of the foundation;

        • functioning in other administrative tasks within the foundation.

                         (c) They also have to have applied for membership in the
                               board of trustees, and

                         (d) have announced the intention to actively work towards
                               the foundation’s object for at least 6 months.

                  Every member is expected to treat fellow members and end
                  users with politeness, indulgence, objectivity, liberality,
                  friendliness, understanding, and goodwill.

        10.2  Members of the board of trustees are appointed for one year,
                  effective from the beginning of the quarter following the
                  approval of the membership committee, and as such have
                  equal status and rights. Membership ceases after that time, or
                  by exclusion, death or resignation, which is permitted at any
                  time. Admittance to the board of trustees is decided by the
                  membership committee. There is no legal requirement for a
                  decision within a definitive time, though a decision will
                  typically be taken within a quarter. Likewise, the membership
                  committee, after consulting the member, decides upon
                  exclusion due to behavior contrary to the statutes, following a
                  motion from either the board of directors or from another
                  member of the board of trustees.

        10.3  Further details on admittance or exclusion from the board of
                  trustees shall be regulated in the community bylaws, which
                  are enacted by the board of directors. Changes to these
                  bylaws need to decided by the board of directors and require
                  the affirmative vote by the Board of Trustees members to
                  come into effect.

        10.4  The members of the first board of trustees are defined in the
                  act of formation. The term of office for the first board of
                  trustees is two years.

§ 11 Duties and decision-making of the board of trustees

        11.1  The board of trustees elects the board of directors and the
                  membership committee. The board of trustees can vote on
                  any topic desired by the board of directors. Members of the
                  board of trustees can, according to these statutes, issue a
                  complaint against the board of directors, and request
                  impeachment.

        11.2  The Board of Trustees decisions are taken by a simple majority
                  regardless of the number of present or participating
                  members, unless the statutes require otherwise. The election
                  and the voting occur by e-mail or by an equivalent medium to
                  be made available to the members. The voting method to be
                  used is a system designed to achieve proportional
                  representation through preferential voting (Single
                  Transferable Vote system), employing the Meek method.
                  Members of the Board of Trustees are duty-bound only to
                  their conscience. Third parties may not determine the voting
                  behavior of members of the board of trustees, verifiable
                  violation can lead to exclusion. All elections, except for simple
                  votes, are prepared and conducted by the Membership
                  Committee. The proof of proper decision making of the Board
                  of Trustees is a formal declaration of the then-current chair of
                  the membership committee, according to §12, section 2
                  sentence 4. This also applies to the composition of the
                  membership committee.

        11.3  A complaint expresses the demand by members of the board
                  of trustees concerning either an election, or an impending or
                  already taken resolution of the board of directors regarding
                  the board of directors itself, the membership committee, or
                  the advisory board. The complaint needs to explain in detail
                  the substantial disagreement with the board of directors, and
                  needs to specify in detail what is requested for a conflict
                  resolution. Complaints must be filed jointly by at least 30% of
                  the members of the board of trustees; and need to be signed
                  by at least ten members (quorum). The membership
                  committee validates the requirements of the complaint,
                  including the quorum,  within one month, and notifies both
                  appellants and the board of directors immediately. Beyond
                  that, the membership committee notifies the board of
                  directors immediately after reception about the contents of
                  filed complaints. The board of directors can, within a month
                  after resolution of the membership committee, comply with
                  the complaint, or reject to comply. From reception of the
                  complaint by the membership committee until resolution by
                  the board of directors, or in case of incomplete resolution
                  until conclusion of an impeachment procedure, the board of
                  directors cannot modify the community bylaws; in this case
                  the community bylaws stay in effect in their respective
                  version from before the complaint.

        11.4  Impeachment of the board of directors is only permissible if                   the complaint was not fully settled. Members of the board of                   trustees can then, within a month, request a vote for initiating
                  an impeachment aiming for a full re-election of the board of
                  directors, if that request is supported by at least 30% of the
                  members, and signed by at least ten members. The board of
                  directors must then call the members for a vote about this
                  request as soon as the membership committee confirmed
                  that quorum. The membership committee has to validate the
                  quorum requirements within a month, immediate notification
                  of the result has to be made to the board of directors and all
                  members of the board of trustees. If a majority of the
                  members of the board of trustees (not only the majority of
                  voting members) then vote for re-election of the board of
                  directors, the membership committee needs to initiate this
                  election immediately.


§ 12 Composition and duties of the membership committee

        12.1  The Membership Committee represents the foundation
                  judicially in and out of court against the members of the board
                  of directors. It prepares and monitors the board of directors
                  elections, decides on the way of voting (by e-mail or by an
                  equivalent medium to be made available to the members) and
                  receives the application as candidate. It acknowledges
                  complaints from the Board of Trustees against the board of
                  directors and initiates the board of directors impeachment
                  procedure in case the respective conditions are met.
                  Furthermore, the membership committee decides about
                  admission and removal from the board of trustees.

                  Decisions of the Membership Committee shall be prepared,
                  signed by the minute-taker and confirmed by the chairperson
                  of the Membership Committee. These have to be brought to
                  the attention of all members of the committee and the board
                  of directors.

        12.2  The members of the Board of Trustees shall elect the
                  membership committee from among its members, for a
                  period of two years. The membership committee consists of
                  at least three individuals and a maximum of 10% of the
                  members of the Board of Trustees, but is always staffed to an
                  odd number. The election is prepared and conducted by the
                  Board of directors; the Board of directors decides on the way
                  of voting (by e-mail or by an equivalent medium to be made
                  available to the members) and receives the application as
                  candidate. Re-election is admissible. The membership
                  committee elects a chairperson among its members. The
                  election of the members of the membership committee and
                  of the substitute members proceeds using the same
                  procedure as for the board of directors. Candidates with the
                  highest preference are deemed to have been elected until the
                  predefined number of committee members including
                  substitute members has been reached. Departing members of
                  the membership committee are substituted by the respective
                  candidates with the next lowest preference in the elections.
                  Each candidate shall be running only for himself or herself.
                  The members of the board of trustees are notified by the
                  board of directors at least 45 days in advance of the elections,
                  by e-mail or an equivalent medium available to the members.
                  The application as candidate is possible up to one week before
                  the election and has to be issued by e-mail or by an equivalent
                  medium to be made available to the members of the Board of
                  directors. Only members of the board of trustees, who were
                  already members before the election notice are entitled to
                  vote.

        12.3  The membership in the membership committee ends (i) after
                  term of office after the appointment of a successor, (ii) by
                  exclusion from the board of trustees, (iii) by death or (iv) by
                  resignation, which is permissible at any time. In such cases,
                  the remaining members shall be the membership committee.
                  In case the number of members decreases below the
                  minimum number, the remaining members of the
                  membership committee shall continue to process only tasks
                  that cannot be delayed until to the assumption of office of the
                  successors. In case the number of members of the
                  membership committee falls below the defined minimum,
                  elections must be initiated promptly. A member of the
                  membership committee can on important grounds be
                  dismissed by vote of the board of trustees at any time after
                  consultation with the board of directors and the respective
                  member. This decision requires a majority of all members of
                  the Board of Trustees, not only of the voting members. The
                  member concerned is not entitled to vote.

        12.4  By way of derogation from the rules for voluntary work (§ 6
                  paragraph 2 sentence 1), the members of the membership
                  committee can be commensurately refunded with up to 0.5%
                  of the financial resources of the foundation, if otherwise its
                  appropriate staffing is at risk– in case the foundation’s means
                  permit this, and the ability to fulfill the foundation’s objects is
                  not substantially hampered. Further details are to be decided
                  by the board of directors, need to be published immediately,
                  and will enter into force not before one month after
                  publication.

        12.5  Details on admittance and exclusion from the membership
                  committee shall be regulated in the bylaws which are enacted
                  by the board of directors. Changes to these bylaws need to
                  decided by the board of directors and require the affirmative
                  vote by the Board of Trustees members to come into effect.

        12.6  The members of the first membership committee and the
                  chairperson of the membership committee are defined in the
                  act of formation. The term of office of the first membership
                  committee is two years.


§ 13 Advisory Board

        13.1  The advisory board counsels, supports, and submits proposals
                  to the board of directors. The board of directors shall consider
                  the advisory board statements, but is not bound to them.
                  Advisory board and board of directors shall have one joint
                  annual meeting.

        13.2  The advisory board consists of representatives from
                  organizations (companies, authorities, trade interest groups,
                  that have substantially contributed to the foundation, and are
                  appointed by the board of directors. Each of those
                  organizations can nominate one representative to the
                  advisory board, in exchange for an annual contribution,
                  determined by the board of directors.


§ 14 Sponsors and Associate Members

        14.1  Associate Members are natural and legal persons, who want to
                  support of the foundation's objects, but can not or do not
                  want to become formal members of the Board of Trustees.
                 Associate members do not form a body of the foundation.

        14.2  Sponsors are Associate Members who support the
                  foundation's objects primarily through financial or material
                  contributions. If desired, their names will be published on the
                  foundation’s website.

        14.3  A Sponsor can be a natural person, a private company, a legal
                  persona or an organization. Every private company, legal
                  persona and organization decides on a natural person as a
                  representative that is to be named to the Advisory Board.

        14.4  Associate members have no specific rights and duties (with
                  the exception of the rights specified in §14 section 3 sentence
                  2 of these statutes), specifically they do not have the right to
                  vote.

        14.5  The membership committee decides about admission of
                  associate members based on the application for admission.                   Associate members are effectively named for one year from
                  the beginning of the quarter following the decision of the
                  membership committee. There is no legal right to a decision
                  within a certain period of time, but the decision is to be taken
                  within a quarter. The associate membership ends upon expiry
                  of the term of office and upon death (for natural persons) or
                  upon termination (for partnerships, legal entities and
                  organisations) and upon resignation, which is permissible at
                  any time.


§ 15 Minor changes to the statutes

        15.1  The board of directors can change the statutes only to the
                  extent that the foundation’s objects remain unaltered, and
                  changes don’t materially affect the original character of the
                  foundation, and facilitate the fulfillment of the foundation’s
                  objects.

        15.2  Resolutions modifying the statutes need approval of the
                  foundation authorities, prior to becoming effective.
                  A statement from the responsible tax authority is to be
                  acquired.


§ 16 Expansion and change of objects, Merger, Liquidation,
         Conversion, and other changes to the statutes

        16.1  Under no circumstances may the Foundation original objective
                  change, as described in § 2.

        16.2 The foundation bodies can add further objects to the
                  foundation, if they are related to the original object, and the
                  continued and sustainable pursue of those objects are not
                  influencing or hampering the original objects- provided the
                  foundation’s general foundations assets or revenues are only in
                  part required for the fulfillment of the original objects.

        16.3  An amendment of the objective of the foundation, the
                  merging, the annulment and the change of the legal form are
                  subject to the provisions of the Foundation Act of Berlin.

        16.4  Resolutions about changes other than those mentioned in
                  §15 paragraph 1, including those according to §16 paragraphs
                  2 and 3 can only be conducted via in-person meetings of the
                  entire board of directors. Those resolutions need unanimous
                  approval of the entire board of directors, and a simple majority
                  of all members of the board of trustees (not only the voting
                  ones). The equal status of the members of the board of
                  trustees is not modifiable. §15 paragraph 2 is to be respected.


§ 17 Devolution of property

        17.1  Upon abolition or dissolution of the foundation, nobody has a
                  right of reimbursement for the assets they might have
                  contributed.

        17.2  Upon abolition or dissolution of the foundation, or upon
                  cancellation of its charitable status, the property shall devolve
                  to Free Software Foundation Europe e.V., in case of
                  non-existence to to the KDE e.V., who shall use it immediately
                  and exclusively for national and vocational education via
                  deployment of Free Software, as outlined in these statutes.


§ 18 Supervision of the foundation

        18.1  The foundation is subject to government supervision
                  according to the respective foundation laws in the Federal
                  State of Berlin, Germany.

        18.2.  The foundation's supervisory authority is the
                   Senatsverwaltung für Justiz in Berlin, Germany.

        18.3.  The foundation supervisory authority is, on request as
                   mandated by law, to be informed about Foundation matters
                   at any time. The members of the board of directors are by
                  § 8 StiftG Bln required to provide the supervisory authority
                  with:
                          (a) documentation and proof (Election protocols,
                               documents, reports of acceptance or withdraw, other
                               proof) on every change in any body of the foundation,
                               including the responsibilities within the bodies, as well
                               as the postal address of the foundation and the home
                               addresses for all members of the representative body.

                          (b) the annual report needs to be prepared according § 8 No. 2                                 and provided within four months after the end of the
                                financial year; the decision of the board of directors should                                 be added to it.

        18.4  Any decision on changes of the statutes, the devolution of the
                  foundation or its merger with another Foundation require the
                  approval of the supervisory authority. The approval is to be
                  applied for at the supervisory authority by the members that
                  are authorized to represent the foundation, as defined
                  in § 8.1.

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