[At-Large] ICANN Board Nomination

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Thu Aug 26 00:56:21 UTC 2010

> The problem is legal before anything else. To allow the compensation (not
> salary) to the chair we did a formal legal move, consulting the court, and
> this was allowed because there is, really, much more burden to the chair out
> of the internal tasks, not demanded to the members of the board.

Hmmn.  I see why Karl says that board members need their own lawyers. 
Anyone who told you that it was difficult to pay the directors of a 
California non-profit was at best misinformed.

The California not-for-profit law makes it quite clear that directors can 
be paid.  The main rules are that the full board, not just a committee, 
must set the compensation (Section 5212(a)(3)), and that the compensation 
be reasonable (Section 5235(a)), which considering how large ICANN is, and 
how much work it expects of its directors, would never be a problem for 
any plausible amount of pay.


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