pseudonymous contributions to KDE

Luigi Toscano luigi.toscano at tiscali.it
Wed Sep 19 11:34:00 BST 2018


Christian Loosli ha scritto:
> Am Mittwoch, 19. September 2018, 12:02:22 CEST schrieb Luigi Toscano:
> 
>>> Same as above on the whole.  At least in Scotland there's no
>>> restrictions on what name you chose to use for any purpose as long as
>>> it's not for fraud.  Obviously the harder it is to prove a name
>>> matches to a real person the harder it would be to test in a
>>> worst-case-scenario court case but I think limiting it would just
>>> limit our contributions for no good reason.
>>
>> The possibility of a court case (and all the complications related to
>> copyright laws) is a good enough reason.
> 
> I have seen at least 4 FOSS projects with the opposite problem:
> a specific person using that info to harass people, including:
> 
> - calling them at their home
> - slandering their name, including false accusations most horrible crimes
> - calling their employers and families, trying to get them in trouble

That's very bad. But:
> 
> so I understand every person who prefers to work under a pseudonym and I think
> we should not make this impossible.

Does it make impossible any future changes related to the software license 
(from a simple relicensing to handling legal actions)? If the answer is no, 
then it's sad but we can't fix the laws just by coding and sometimes even 
shouting (see the EU reform).

-- 
Luigi


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