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PayPal Screwing Over Opensource?

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From the blog at TortoiseSVN.

I use TortoiseSVN software every day, it is awesome. So it really bums me that PayPal has basically stolen all the money in Stefan's account. Maybe time to remove money from your PayPal accounts before it gets frozen?

Here's an exerpt:

I always assumed that if you don't do anything wrong or try to cheat that you'll be fine (1). PayPal now proves me wrong.

I never used my PayPal account for something other than to receive donations for TortoiseSVN. The only time I used it to pay for something was when I bought a license for Visual Assist. But I consider that a fair use of the donations since I use that license to write open source projects, like TortoiseSVN or other various tools.

It's astonishing to me how a company is allowed to do business that way. Imagine your car shop decides not to do business with you anymore. No problem there, you just go to another shop. But then the shop owner tells you that they keep your car for half a year first because that's their policy.
Basically, that's what PayPal does now with my money.

I'm sure I can find a way to cover the costs of our servers another way, and until I get my money back from PayPal I might have to pay for it myself.

Finally: A sincere warning to all the developers out there (2) who try to get a little bit of money for their hard work: withdraw all the money from your PayPal accounts now, before it's too late. As you can see, PayPal can screw you any time they want.

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