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XBMC Foundation

What is the XBMC Foundation?

The “XBMC Foundation” is the non-profit organization that operates the Kodi project by handling monetary as well as IP-related issues. The XBMC Foundation is a non-profit organization, registered in the US.


Membership of the XBMC Foundation is typically taken from members of Team Kodi, but may include non Team members.
The XBMC Board of Directors are Foundation members that manages the XBMC Foundation. The Board consists of five seats that are chosen by vote from the XBMC Foundation members. The Board’s responsibilities include management of funds, publicity, and all business related issues (taxes, communication with other businesses, maintaining non-profit status etc.)

The Board meets about once a month (in addition to any special meetings as required) to discuss any business that needs to be handled by the foundation. Meetings are typically conducted via teleconference using a service such as Skype.

What is expected of an XBMC Board member?

Board members are expected to attend all meetings or will otherwise be diligent in letting the other board members know if they won’t be around. Further, they’ll be expected to make decisions (as a group) in the best interests of the foundation. The Board is accountable to the members, so should consider recommendations made by members during the decision making process, though they ultimately must make the final decisions. Any and all discussion should be frankly communicated to members within a reasonable time frame.

Who can be an XBMC Board member?

Any existing member of the foundation, as voted by the remaining members.

How long does a board member hold office?

Terms last for two years. We endeavor to have a staggered cycle so that not all board members are turned over at a single election.
There are no term restrictions, so Board members may even run for consecutive terms. However, in the interests of sharing the load, any and all members are encouraged to participate.

Who elects the officers

The board elects the officers. In doing so, they may choose to take advice from the membership, but the decision is theirs. The President must be from within the board itself, though Secretary, Treasurer, and any other officers the board wishes to appoint may be from outside the board (or outside the membership).

How do Board elections operate?

Board elections occur as follows:

  • A member is nominated by the Board to oversee the election.
  • Nominations for the open positions are taken from within the existing membership via email and/or via a forum thread. This lasts a total of no less than 7 days.
  • Anyone nominated is placed on the ballot.
  • A vote of the membership is then taken using a trusted internet voting service using a ranking system. (usually via the Condorcet Internet Voting Service, ) and the candidates with the highest ranks take office. This vote lasts a minimum of 7 days.

Legal representation

The Foundation is legally represented by the SFLC (Software Freedom Law Center).

Further Reading

The XBMC Foundation Articles of Incorporation

The XBMC Foundation By-Laws