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Re: Donations for TortoiseSVN

From: Andy Levy <andy.levy_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 15:07:01 -0400

On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 14:46, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Yesterday, I received an email from PayPal with the subject "PayPal
> appeal denied". Which is surprising because I never appealed to anything.
> Reading through the email I discovered that some brain damaged moron
> decided that I belong to the category "non-registered charities and
> non-profit organizations (NPOs)" and PayPal therefore can't do business
> with me anymore. And that their decision is "final" (case
> "PP-001-070-523-309  (KMM5520352V28182L0KM) :ppk1").
>
> Now, I use my PayPal account exclusively to receive donations for
> TortoiseSVN. The donations are used to cover the server costs and what's
> left at the end of the year is shared among Simon, Lübbe and me.
>
> Trying to reason with PayPal has so far been futile. They're capacity to
> resist any reasoning is astonishing, but I'm not giving up yet.
>
> Now, I could understand if they blocked my account because I did
> something wrong, but they never mentioned any wrongdoing on my part,
> only that they decided that I belong to that category now. And all this
> without any notice or warning.
>
> Something which is obviously completely bogus, because for one, they
> advertise using PayPal for exactly this cause, and because they allow
> the biggest open source hoster to do the same for all open-source
> projects hosted there: sourceforge.net.
> Any project on SF.net can opt-in to receive donations via their
> PayPal-account. That's more than enough prove (for me at least) that
> they explicitly allow using PayPal to receive donations for open-source
> projects. Why they decided that TSVN or I aren't allowed to do so is
> beyond me and they haven't (yet?) explained that.
>
> Since PayPal now holds all my money in that account hostage for at least
> 180 days, I'm not sure whether I can cover the server costs until then.
> I might have to dig into my own savings.
>
>
> This means (at least for now, I still hope that PayPal hired at least a
> few people that actually have an IQ that's over 70) that you can't make
> any donations to our project anymore.
>

I wish you luck in fighting the good fight, but from everything I have
heard, once PayPal decides to put the screws to you on something like
this, you're not likely to get your money, and it could even get
worse.

If your PayPal account is linked to a bank account with any amount of
money, get the money out of that account NOW so there's no chance they
can touch it.

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