[License-discuss] [Non-DoD Source] Re: (no subject)

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Tue Sep 5 15:28:21 UTC 2017

On Tue, Sep 5, 2017 at 9:12 AM, Karan, Cem F CIV USARMY RDECOM ARL (US) <
cem.f.karan.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> The issue is that
> 'voluntary' doesn't mean the same thing as 'gratuitous'; I work for the
> Government on a voluntary, but not gratuitous basis.

I certainly hope that nobody in the U.S. works for the Government or
anyone else on a non-voluntary basis, "except as a punishment for crime
whereof the party shall have been duly convicted".

If I, as a Government
> employee, accept work from a volunteer without a well-defined contract in
> place regarding payment, there is a chance that someone could send
> Congress a
> bill for their contributions, and I could be sent to jail for having
> committed
> funds I don't have.

Though nobody has ever been prosecuted, much less sentenced, under the ADA.
In any case, anyone can send a bill to Congress for any reason: whether it
paid is another story.  Francis Hopkinson sent a such a bill for designing
American flag, asking to be paid a "Quarter Cask of the Public Wine", but
Congress denied it on the grounds that Hopkinson was already a paid member
of Congress at the time.

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
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philologists, psychologists, biologists and neurologists, along with
whatever blood can be got out of grammarians. - Russ Rymer
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