pseudonymous contributions to KDE

Luigi Toscano luigi.toscano at
Wed Sep 19 13:21:20 BST 2018

Jonathan Riddell ha scritto:
> On Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 06:38:15AM -0400, Adriaan de Groot wrote:
>> On Wednesday, September 19, 2018 6:02:22 AM EDT Luigi Toscano wrote:
>>> Jonathan Riddell ha scritto:
>>>> On Tue, Sep 18, 2018 at 07:38:35PM +0200, Jos van den Oever wrote:
>>>>> Can one sign a Fiduciary License Agreement under pseudonym?
>>>> 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.
>>> Can we talk to lawyers and other coding communities? This is not something
>>> that can be decided just thinking about "more contributions".
>> The FLA is an agreement between a German organization (that is, the KDE e.V.)
>> and the licensor (that is, the contributor who is handing the fiduciary
>> license to the licensee). That makes Scottish norms irrelevant -- and part of
>> this discussion, too, since it's about what the *e.V.* will (or can) accept. I
>> don't know if the FLA contains, off-hand, choice-of-jurisdiction phrasing.
>> It's certainly something to discuss with one of our tame lawyers (who are not
>> our lawyers in a formal sense).
> This question has two parts, code contributions and FLA.  Code
> contributions are public and we could easily allow psudonames there
> but not for FLA which is just a bit of paper in a filing cabinet
> somewhere.  This would allow for privacy and German court happyness.

Not exactly, because the difficult case is handling license issues for people 
who did not sign the FLA.

Again, this requires input from lawyers.


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