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From: Chris Reffett <creffett@g.o>
To: gentoo-project@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-project] pre-GLEP: Gentoo OpenPGP web of trust
Date: Fri, 01 Feb 2019 00:55:29
Message-Id: c8799c49-f1db-5046-bf6c-153e96362ab4@gentoo.org
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-project] pre-GLEP: Gentoo OpenPGP web of trust by Kristian Fiskerstrand
On 1/31/2019 7:42 PM, Kristian Fiskerstrand wrote:
> On 2/1/19 1:41 AM, Chris Reffett wrote: >> but let me pose a more philosophical >> question: _why should proving my real name matter_? > > It matters in the context of copyright law. >
(IANAL, etc., etc.) At least in US copyright law, you may hold copyright under a pseudonym, though it has different rules on the length of the copyright and can cause issues with claiming ownership. Ref: https://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl101.pdf That said, though, I'm talking about the GPG key itself here, not my commits, and I think that verification of real identity through WoT is an unreasonably high bar for claiming copyright. As an analogy, I can write a novel, self-publish, and claim copyright (without registering the copyright, mind you - again, working in US law here, where copyright is automatic on publication), and I never had to show ID to anyone - the name on the cover gets the copyright. Why should my commits be any different? -creffett

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Re: [gentoo-project] pre-GLEP: Gentoo OpenPGP web of trust Rich Freeman <rich0@g.o>