The Ads at the bottom of this e-mail was Re: [mythsoc] Film, worst of the year
- Joan Marie Verba wrote:
> David also wrote:It does nothing to our non-profit status. E-groups is providing
> >Actually, if we really wanted it we could get a list-hoster
> that didn't
> >require such things, but thanks be, that isn't my job. If
> >Goodknight were still around he might say, as he did of a lot
> of things,
> >that supposedly sponsoring products by taking unpaid ads like
> this might
> >threaten the Society's nonprofit tax status. But it isn't my
> job to
> >worry about that, either.
> A month or so ago, I discovered that Onelist/eGroups will
> remove the ads
> for a certain fee. I brought up the information among the
> Stewards; we
> discussed it and for the moment agreed to the status quo.
> However, if the
> ads ever become a problem for us, we can use that option (or
> move to
> another list host).
us with a service for free in exchange for some dumb ads at the
bottom of our e-mails. Which frankly, I ignore. Last I checked,
since e-groups does this for everyone, we are not in violation of
any tax code.
We would only get in trouble is we were personally running ads
for books by the Big Three or other fantasy authors without
marking them as ads and explaining that they were paid for by
someone else. We are supposed to be studying, critique, spread
the news, and otherwise digest the works of fantasy writers,
without being the personal publicity agents for them. A
technically fine line, and many a hair has been split on it. It
helps that a lot of the authors we deal with are dead, and thus
cannot personally benefit from anything we do for them.
We can run into trouble with our non-profit status with the
Postal Service if we accept non-related for profit ads in our
magazines. Related for profit ads are subject to debate. But that
is only if we are using our special non-profit permits. This is
because we are getting a price break for being non-profit, and
the for profit magazines made a big stink about it. Mythprint,
which is currently going out first class, wouldn't have any
problems with anything.
As for writers who have plugged their books and magazines on this
list - This is a public unmoderated forum which is only nominally
sponsored by the Mythopoeic Society, ie we tell our members that
it exists, but otherwise don't regulate anything on it. Thus, you
may plug away and it shouldn't effect our relationship with the
IRS at all.
It is my job to worry about it. But enough of the legal stuff.
Lisa Deutsch Harrigan
Treasurer, The Mythopoeic Society
Still a Star Wars Nut!
Ignore the ad you see below here---