Re: status: establishing a PGP web of trust

From: Adrian Bunk
Date: Wed Oct 05 2011 - 16:19:13 EST

On Wed, Oct 05, 2011 at 04:00:39PM -0400, Arnaud Lacombe wrote:
> Hi,
> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 6:39 PM, Adrian Bunk <bunk@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Each time a patch goes through him into the kernel, he certifies that
> > his real name is Andrew Morton.
> >
> > If that would not be his real name, it would make him somewhere between
> > completely untrustable and punishable at court.
> >
> Under which jurisdiction ? Under which law ?
> IANAL, but US copyright law does recognize the use of pseudonym for
> copyrighted work[0], without requirements to disclose one's legal
> name.

I am not talking about copyright law.

When you add a Signed-off-by: to a patch you have to use your real name
(see Documentation/SubmittingPatches for details).

If violating that would be considered fraud or some other crime in some
jurisdictions is likely a non-trivial question.

> - Arnaud



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"Only a promise," Lao Er said.
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