Re: [PATCH 01/12] thinkpad_ec: New driver for ThinkPad embeddedcontroller access

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Sun Aug 06 2006 - 14:38:27 EST

On Sun, 6 Aug 2006 18:40:13 +0200
Olaf Hering <olaf@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Sun, Aug 06, 2006 at 10:55:51AM -0400, Theodore Tso wrote:
> > On Sun, Aug 06, 2006 at 01:44:02PM +0300, Shem Multinymous wrote:
> > > Can you please be more specific? What purpose does this exclusion
> > > serve, that would be realistically achieved otherwise? You already
> > > have a GPL license from the author, and a way to contact and uniquely
> > > identify the author.
> >
> > For legal reasons, we need a way to to contact and identify the author
> > in the real world, not just in cyberspace, and a pseudonym doesn't
> > meet that requirement.
> In that context, even an anonymous mailer like gmail and the like is
> questionable. But, I'm sure one get a domain with faked address data
> in the whois database.
> Where would you draw the line?

I have a personal line, and that is when the patch is "substantial". (This
line is only relevant when someone forgot to add the Signed-off-by: and I'm
wondering whether to ask them to send one).

And I'd say this patch series _is_ substantial because it pokes at
registers which might be described in confidential/NDA'ed documentation, or
in ways which might be derived from $OTHER_OS.
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